A Clerihan student who had to cancel a fundraising trip to Thailand through illness channelled her efforts instead into supporting a charity closer to home.
Twenty one year old Aisling O'Donovan held a fundraising event in her home parish to support suicide support centre Pieta House and at the same time showcase the amazing talent in the village.
Aisling, a 3rd Year student at Mary Immaculate College studying a Bachelor of Education degree, raised €3,678 for Pieta House at an event titled 'Ray of Hope'.
“I felt great joy in presenting such a substantial amount to Pieta House representative Johnny Togher.
“I would like to extend a sincere word of thanks to each and every individual who contributed to the organisation of and helped with the event on the night and also to those who made a donation.
Aisling had volunteered for a programme in Thailand for a month which involved working with and teaching children in an orphanage in Chiang Mai.
“In order to do so, I was set the task of raising ample funds to support the area and school I was travelling to. Unfortunately, I fell ill and was unable to proceed on the trip.
As a lot of planning was already underway for my fundraising event, I decided to continue with the event which we named ‘A Ray of Hope’ and donate the proceeds to the very worthy Pieta House.”
The event held in St Michaels church in Clerihan and showcased the amazing talent in the local area.
Entertainment include a wonder range of music and an amazing dance performance by On your Toes Clerihan which brought a tear to many an eye in the audience.
“The stunning performances twinned with the fading daylight made for an emotional and heart warming 120 minutes”, says Aisling.
She added - “A special thank you should be shared with Father Ailbe O'Bric, Clerihan parish priest for his help and hospitality in every aspect of making this event come to life.
Every donation both large and little is fantastic and contributes to the work that Pieta House perform every day.
To reiterate the message that so many are trying to portray at present, it's ok not to be ok.