Journalist Paul Kimmage with Alexis O'Sullivan, holding the book at the Sophie Mulcahy memorial cycle
THREE Limerick people are the masterminds behind a new charity children’s book which aims to raise funds for children who are sick or have life-limiting conditions.
The Frozen Fairy’s Magical Quest is in aid of national children’s cancer charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and Limerick-based charity Sophie’s Journey.
The story was inspired by Alexis O’Sullivan’s contact with the children featured in the book, illustrations were provided by Des Langford, Caherdavin and the verse was written by Michele Hartley, Rossa Avenue.
“I do a lot of volunteer work with children’s charities and I come into contact with a lot of sick kids. I had this idea that I would write this story that would have the central character lose their hair, so that the kids could have a positive role model that they can associate with,” said Limerick city author Alexis O’Sullivan, adding that of the 15 children who feature in the story, two of them are from Limerick.
The book chronicles the adventures of a fairy and her friends as they go on a quest to find fairy some hair after she has lost hers as a result of a magical spell, and is dedicated to some of our real life heroes, the children whose personalities inspired the characters in the story.
Two of the fairy’s friends are Sophie Mulcahy, who sadly passed away two years ago after an eight-year battle with a rare genetic condition, and Meagan Maher-Daly, who was diagnosed with an optic glioma tumour aged 5 but after two years of chemotherapy is now well again.
“As well as the positive role model idea, I wanted the families to have a keepsake. For example, Kayla Mulcahy can read this and her sister is in it,” said Ms O’Sullivan, adding that since she began working on the book two years ago, eight of the children have passed away.
The story celebrates diversity and provides a positive message to children who may have concerns about being different or dealing with the effects of illness. It aims to teach these children the beauty of friendship and acceptance.
It is available to buy online at https://www.freewebstore.org/frozen-fairy/The_Frozen_Fairys_Magical_Quest/p4245442_16515147.aspx at a price of €10.
For more information on the charity book contact firstname.lastname@example.org.