Picture Gallery: Cork turns out for Zac Higgins 

Picture Gallery: Cork turns out for Zac Higgins 
Little Zac Higgins who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in the city

Almost 4,000 people descended on Ringmahon Rangers football club on Easter Sunday to support two-and-a-half-year-old Zac Higgins, who is recovering in hospital after being knocked down by a car last month.

The fundraising day was well attended by local people as well as many from further afield.

Aisling, Max and Belle Higgins pictured with event organisers Fidelma O'Callaghan and Katie O'Riordan at the Family Funday in aid of Zac Higgins at Ringmahon Rangers soccer club. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Aisling, Max and Belle Higgins pictured with event organisers Fidelma O'Callaghan and Katie O'Riordan at the Family Funday in aid of Zac Higgins at Ringmahon Rangers soccer club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Sinn Féin councillor Chris O’Leary said the event was free to enter but donations were collected at every entrance point.

“It was a great event and we were delighted with the weather. It was a beautiful day, it was just phenomenal,” he said.

Bouncy Castles, Face Painters and live music with upwards of 2000 people attending the recent Family Funday in aid of Zac Higgins at Ringmahon Rangers soccer club. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Bouncy Castles, Face Painters and live music with upwards of 2000 people attending the recent Family Funday in aid of Zac Higgins at Ringmahon Rangers soccer club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

“Zac’s mother Aishling was there and she couldn’t believe the turnout.”

Six bouncy castles were set up in the field to entertain the mass of children that attended and there was also face painting and food stalls to keep hunger at bay. A number of games were organised as well.

Rachel O'Sullivan and Niamh Ni Uithuama with Clodagh and Ita O'Leary from Mahon. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Rachel O'Sullivan and Niamh Ni Uithuama with Clodagh and Ita O'Leary from Mahon. Picture: Howard Crowdy

According to the councillor, the event raised over €20,000.

Zac was playing in his estate in Castle Meadows when the incident occurred on Monday, March 25, and he was left with a number of broken bones. Zac was later diagnosed with a DAI brain injury.

Leah and Emily Cronin seen making friends at the recent Family Funday in aid of Zac Higgins. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Leah and Emily Cronin seen making friends at the recent Family Funday in aid of Zac Higgins. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Following the diagnosis, Zac’s family released a statement saying they were devastated by the news. “To say we are devastated is an understatement. We don’t know what the future holds for little Zac, but we do know we will be by his side every step of the way. It’s going to be a very long road to recovery but we have faith in God and want everyone to continue to pray for a miracle.”

Zac’s father Paul is the treasurer of Ringmahon Rangers football club who have been very supportive of their committee member and his family since the incident occurred.

Aisling, Max and Belle Higgins pictured with event organisers Fidelma O'Callaghan and Katie O'Riordan at the Family Funday in aid of Zac Higgins at Ringmahon Rangers soccer club. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Aisling, Max and Belle Higgins pictured with event organisers Fidelma O'Callaghan and Katie O'Riordan at the Family Funday in aid of Zac Higgins at Ringmahon Rangers soccer club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

More than €40,000 has been raised online to help with Zac’s recovery

To contribute visit http://www.gofundme.com/zac-higgins-appeal-fund

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