Cork parents issue heartfelt thanks after almost €94k is raised for children's cancer charity

Cork parents issue heartfelt thanks after almost €94k is raised for children's cancer charity
L-R in the front row 200m from the finish line, Rua, Mairead, Barra & Niall Buckley at the 'Barrathon' on June 28.

Mairead and Niall Buckley took to social media to express their gratitude to Aghabullogue GAA and Camogie Club and Newcestown Camogie Club who came together to organise the Barrathon fundraiser last month in aid of Aoibheann's Pink Tie.

The 'Barrathon', a marathon which took place around Coachford, Rylane and Aghabullogue in relay format on June 28, has raised €93,600 for Aoibheann's Pink Tie, a charity which provides vital support to children suffering from cancer in Ireland and their families.

Mairead and Niall's eldest son, Barra, was confirmed as having Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer just after his second birthday in 2018.

The family say the charity has been a huge source of support to them over the past two years.

"On behalf of us, Barra and Rua, I’d like to give a big shout out and a huge thank you to all the people who generously donated to the Barrathon in aid of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie," Niall said in the video message. 

"This money will help Aoibheann’s Pink Tie continue the amazing work it does in helping families like us who have found themselves in the St John's Oncology Ward in Crumlins Children's Hospital and we are delighted in some small way to repay the kindness they have shown us over the last two years," he continued.

"We would also like to thank Aghabullogue GAA and Camogie Club and Newcestown Camogie Club for the support you have shown the Barrathon. 

"We can see first hand that the strength of the clubs is not just what is represented on the field. 

"It is a strength that is seen right throughout the community it represents," Mairead added.

Barra also made a special appearance in the video, with his little brother Rua.

"Thanks for keeping it up," he told everyone who supported the fundraiser which closed to donations yesterday.  

Speaking to The Echo about the progress of the fundraiser earlier this month, Michael Dilworth, Aghabullogue GAA's PRO said the fundraiser had far surpassed the Club's expectations.

"It's miles beyond our expectations. Initially, when we launched the fundraiser, we had hoped to maybe raise €5,000," he said. 

On behalf of the Club, he extended his sincere thanks to everyone who donated. 

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