Castleisland’s Responders Delighted with First Fundraiser Response

Like a bakery: Castleisland First Responders group members welcoming Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae to their first fundraising coffee morning on Saturday. Included are: Andrew Foran (left) with: Jean Horgan, Cllr. Healy Rae, Oorla Casey, Christine Brosnan (front) Mairéad O’Connell and John Broudair. Photograph:Courtesy of Neil Browne.
Are you right there Michael? Michael Healy Rae, TD demonstrating the art of vote getting during the fundraising coffee morning for the newly set-up Castleisland First Responders group on Saturday morning. Included are: Mairéad O’Connell, Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae, Oorla Casey, Neil Browne, Christine Brosnan, John Broudair, Jean Horgan and Andrew Foran. Photograph:Courtesy of Neil Browne.
At the fundraising coffee morning for the just founded Castleisland First Responders group on Saturday morning.Front: Mairéad O’Connell, Christine Brosnan, Oorla Casey and Andrew Foran. Back row: Cllr. Charlie Farrelly, Denis Kerins, Andrew Kelly, DJ Fealey, Denise Griffin, Jonathan Callaghan, Thomas Hickey, Donal Mahony, Neil Browne, Eamonn O’Connor, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell, Jean Horgan and John Broudair. Photograph:Courtesy of Neil Browne.

Founders of the almost up and running Castleisland First Responders Unit are extremely grateful to the members of the public who supported their first fundraiser on Saturday morning.

“We would like to extend a heart felt thanks to all who came to support us on Saturday,” said Neil Browne one of the people behind the welcome initiative.

Support and Interest

“As a committee we’re delighted with the response, the support and the interest shown.

“It was very promising and was wonderful to see the community getting behind the initiative.

“The generosity of the people never fails to surprise us,” said Neil.

Another founder member of the unit, Andrew Foran said that they owe the expertise they’re gaining on behalf of the community to the likes of Denis Kerins and Eamonn O’Connor.

Willingness to Help

“In fairness to the two of them we couldn’t get it up and running without them and their willingness to help us at every turn. They’re starting training eight more volunteer responders this weekend.

“We’re really delighted with the response to what we’re doing here. It’s for the good of the whole community without exeption.

Fundraising Ideas Welcome

“We took in a bit over €1,500 at Saturday’s coffee morning and while it will take more that that to get the unit properly equiped and ‘on the street’ we have promises of further funding which we hope will come through.

“We’d be delighted if people would donate to us or hold fund-raising events of their own to help with the setting up of the unit and we’re looking at other ideas for the future as well,” said Andrew.

Business and Political Support

The event was attended and supported by local politicians: Cllr. Bobby O’Connell, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly, Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae and his father, Michael Healy Rae, TD. And significantly supported by Tomo Burke Electrical in whose former premises at No. 32 Main Street the event was held.

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