Cork locals raising funds for community first responders in memory of their aunt

Cork locals raising funds for community first responders in memory of their aunt
A fundraiser in aid of the Cope Foundation has been launched in memory of former resident Sharon Condon who recently passed away.

A group of locals whose aunt recently passed away are raising funds for Cork city 

community first responders.

Funds will be used to buy a defibrillator which will be situated in the Cope Foundation building in Hollyhill.

Sharon Condon sadly passed away in late April, 10 weeks after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Sharon’s nieces and nephews are now fundraising for a defibrillator to be used by community first responders in case of an emergency in memory of their aunt.

The defibrillator is to be located at the Cope Foundation in Hollyhill where Sharon had been a day resident for 30 years before her passing.

Sharon’s nephew Ryan O’Callaghan and his cousins Michael Murphy, Craig O’Callaghan, Devon Hamilton, Niamh Condon and Adam Kearney organised the fundraiser which has raised a total of €4,435 of the €5,000 goal in just three days through the dedicated ‘Sharon's hand on heart appeal’ GoFundMe page. Any remaining funds will be given to the Irish Cancer Society.

Speaking about his aunt, Mr O’Callaghan said: “Sharon was just the most amazing aunt. On the 17th of February our world was turned upside down when Sharon’s doctor told us they had found a tumor on her brain.

“The doctors told us there was nothing they could for her so we brought Sharon home and there we spent an amazing 11 weeks with her.

“She always had a smile on her face and still entertained us up until the end.” 

One of Sharon’s home care team explained to the family one day that she was a first responder and that there was a shortage of defibrillators in their cars, so in memory of his aunt, Mr O’Callaghan decided to run the fundraiser so his aunt would always be remembered.

The defibrillator will be bought by Mr O’Callaghan and presented to community first responders.

Mr O’Callaghan is asking for a minimum donation of €10 on the dedicated GoFundMePage to be entered in the draw for prizes including county jerseys.

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