Fr Richard prepares for Nepal mission

Aileen Hahesy

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Aileen Hahesy

Pictured at the Fundraiser in Aid of Nepal which was held in Walls Bar, Carrickbeg on Friday 24th July are l-r: Fr. Richard Geoghegan, Maura Walshe, Gerry Harrigan and his mum Maura Harrigan.
A fundraising night in Wall’s Bar in Carrickbeg last Saturday raised €1000 for Fr. Richard Geoghegan’s mercy mission to earthquake devastated Nepal in August.

A fundraising night in Wall’s Bar in Carrickbeg last Saturday raised €1000 for Fr. Richard Geoghegan’s mercy mission to earthquake devastated Nepal in August.

The fun music night was a huge success featuring many spot prizes.

Fr. Richard has travelled to Nepal every year from 2002-2010 and this will be his 10th trip to the country where recent earthquakes have caused huge damage to many parts of this beautiful yet poor country, with the loss of countless lives.

The Carrick-on-Suir & Faugheen Parish curate will leave on his mission to Nepal on August 17.

“I will be based, as usual, at Anandaban Leprosy Hospital high in the mountains above Kathmandu,” said Fr. Richard.

“The fundraising has been tremendous,” he told The Nationalist. “In Grangemockler, the people organised a cake sale and raffle which raised a whopping €2,200 and pupils in Gaelscoil Carraig na Suire ran a cake sale and donated €200.

“The Presentation School 5th class girls also raised €300 in aid of the people of Nepal.”

Another fundraiser is currently up and running on FaceBook. It is being organised by Sarah Dunleavy and her team in Carrick-on-Suir. The young people involved decided to ask people to post a photo of themselves on the FaceBook page ‘Things I Miss About Carrick-on-Suir’, which has over 5,500 members. When they post their photo they are asked to donate €1, but many people are giving more than requested.

Fr. Richard also paid tribute to the local people, who have been busy knitting blankets, hats, jumpers and cardigans for the children in Nepal. He said even the vacuum bags for packing these, have been donated.

A second collection for the cause at all weekend Masses in Carrick-on-Suir and Faugheen Parish on July 18 and 19, raised €2,565.

“One little girl sent me a lovely card with a donation from her First Holy Communion,” he recounted.

“A boy was asked by his parents what he wanted for his 10th Birthday and he said “I don’t need anything, please give some money to the poor children in the world. He is so excited knowing that I am bringing his donation in person to Nepal. Little actions like this bring tears to my eyes,” Fr. Richard continued.

He said he wished to thank all those who have given their time, their financial support, their encouragement and prayers as he embarked on this very difficult trip.

“I will be taking lots of pictures to bring back to show everyone the devastation and the efforts being made to support some of the world’s poorest people and those with Leprosy.”