Almost 135,000 euro has been raised through over 1,500 donations in two days through a major West Cork fundraising drive to help a young sports-mad teenager who was injured in a serious bike accident.
Fourteen-year-old Oisín O’Connor, from Kealkill in West Cork was competing in a mountain bike event on September 25, 2021, when he had an accident resulting in a serious spinal injury. Oisín is now using a wheelchair and his family has issued an appeal for help.
Rory Doody, secretary of the fundraising committee said: “Oisín is totally sports mad. He played GAA with St Colums, a skillful player who also excelled on the rugby field with Bantry Bay RFC and on the basketball court with Coláiste Phobail Bheanntraí. Being the youngest of five boys, sport has given Oisín a competitive nature and the will to succeed."
“Following the accident, Oisín spent five months in Crumlin Children’s Hospital with both parents Marie and Wesley at his bedside. Oisín has now progressed to the care of Dun Laoghaire National Rehabilitation Hospital. The next stage will be to get Oisín home to West Cork permanently.”
Mr Doody said there is an immediate requirement for substantial building work to be carried out at the family’s home. "The family home needs to be extended and modified to support Oisín’s long-term recovery. Funds are also needed for ongoing rehabilitation and equipment costs to ensure a full and independent life."
All funds will go towards giving Oisin the best fighting chance for optimizing his recovery.
Mr Doody said: "While there have been exceptionally difficult days Oisín has continued to smile through the pain, work through the discomfort and adjust to his new circumstances, all the while his eyes shine bright with hope and determination."
Oisin’s family has set up a Go Fund Me Page and all funds raised will go directly to Oisin’s recovery journey and any remaining funds will stay in trust for his future needs.
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