DURING his life Kevin Butler was the lynchpin among his friends, and he still is despite passing away over two years ago.
Many of his friends have organised charity initiatives to support the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland - the condition Kevin had,
One of them was Thomas Dawson, Bilboa. He took part in the Limerick White Collar boxing event before Christmas to raise money for CF.
Kevin, from Hollyford, died over two years ago aged 24 but he certainly hasn’t been forgotten by his friends.
“He left a big impression on all of us and a lot of people were affected by his death. He was such a lovely character, he always had new stories to tell and he was great fun to be around.
“He was always the lynchpin between us all and was always in contact with everyone. It’s an ongoing campaign among all his class and friends,” said Thomas, who was in the same year as Kevin in St Fintan’s.
To mark his one year anniversary the school held a non-uniform day and raised over €800. A parachute jump, pub table quiz, pig on a spit organised by Crowes and now Thomas’s donation of €1,000 has raised over €10,000 in Kevin’s memory.
All the money goes to Tipperary Limerick Clare for Cystic Fibrosis (TLC4CF). The money is helping build a special unit for people with cystic fibrosis in the Regional.
Thomas has been amazed by the support he has received by Kevin’s friends and family and locals when he stated training for the event.
“I knew it would be a hard time of year to raise money coming up to Christmas. I said if I got €500 I would have been thrilled but it’s amazing how generous people are - all his friends and everyone I met. People who were away even sent me money in the post.
“It’s only when something like this happens you realise the things people are willing to do in memory of him. It’s great really,” said Thomas, who certainly earned every cent of the €1,100 donated.
“We started training eight weeks before the fight. I’ve played lots of sport - soccer, hurling and football - but I’ve never experienced training like it. Michael Carruth was the trainer and Blue Shinners and Jason Kenny organised it. It was a great event and raised thousands for lots of local charities,” said Thomas.
The Cappamore man didn’t care if he got punched from one corner of the ring to the next as he had all the money collected but he ended up winning it!
About 30 of Kevin’s friends and family were in the audience.
His mum, Patricia, thanked Thomas and all Kevin’s friends for their amazing generosity.
“They are just a lovely bunch of lads and girls. They still call in to me in the house every now and again for a chat,” said Patricia, who is a member of the CF Association and is delighted to see all the money going to the new unit in the Regional where Kevin got such great care.