Kennedy Memorial Fund hand over €20K to Hospital

Aine Kennedy

The Aoife & Aine Kennedy Memorial Fund recently presented over €20K to Wexford General Hospital as a result of the many fundraising events carried out over the last few months. Monies raised will go towards vital equipment for St. Gabriel’s Ward in the hospital, where both Aoife & Aine were cared for so well in the past. Wexford General Hospital rely a lot on the wonderful generosity of people who run so many fundraising events to provide top class service and equipment for children in the South East Region.

A Halloween Ball has been organised for Sunday 27th October in the Lodge Ballroom, Carnew at 9.30pm where there will be lots of trick or treats, fun and frolics. All monies raised will go to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin, who have been caring for sick children for 140 years and constantly need our help and support in these difficult times, to purchase lifesaving equipment. A great night is promised with a live band “ 52nd Street” who are a fully “live” band and fast becoming one of Irelands premiere wedding and party bands.

All members are highly experienced musicians and vocalists, who know exactly what it takes to deliver the performance that guarantees a great nights entertainment of fun and dancing . “52nd Street” perform a wide variety of music, to an exceptional standard.

Their extensive set list covers all genres and decades, from the 60s right up to the current chart hits. They also pride themselves on their reliability and the professional approach taken with each and every event. DJ and music will follow. Admission on the night is only €5 will a door prize and array of Fancy Dress Prizes up for grabs.

Don’t worry if you do not wish to dress up, all are welcome. Come and join the fun and help a great cause at the same time.

In conjunction with this event tickets are currently on sale for a Monster Raffle with a top prize of a Crazy Fit Massage (vibro plate valued at €300 +, 2nd Prize is a Handcrafted Silver Piece of Jewellery valued at €300. Third prize is a €100 Voucher from Princess Parlour, Leopardstown, 4th Prize a meal for two for The Woodenbridge Hotel, 5th Prize 5 Bags of Coal sponsored by Bolger Brothers Hardware, Ferns (which must be collected). Sixth Prize is a piece of Jewellery courtesy of Orchid Jewel, 7th Prize €50 Meat Voucher from Martin Doyle & Sons Ltd., Enniscorthy and 8th Prize is a Meal for two people & bottle of wine from the Ashtown Park Hotel, Gorey and many more additional prizes.

Tickets available from Halls Shop, Carnew and many other businesses locally, costing €2 each or book of 3 for €5.

Please make a donation now and help the Aoife and Aine Kennedy Memorial Fund to raise funds for children’s charities. Payments are secured by PayPal. You can pay by credit card and don’t need to have a PayPal account. Visit our website: http://aoifeandainecharity.com/ for further information. If you are interested in helping us out, you can find more information on our events, where your donations go and ways to help on our fund raising events page or if you wish, you can make a donation online.

The Aoife and Aine Kennedy Memorial Fund was set up in November 2007 after the death of Aoife aged 5 and a half years. Aoife was killed in a road traffic accident on Carnew Main Street on November 5th 2006. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Wexford General Hospital after lying on the street for 45 minutes waiting on an ambulance. She had broken ribs and a C1 fracture to the back of the head (broken neck) from impact.” As you can imagine, our lives came crashing down around us, as we as a family struggled to deal with her death”, Caroline said.

Aoife was a fun-loving child and a child of simplicity. She was very practical and always thought of others before herself. She loved butterflies and roses thus, roses are carved on her headstone. Aoife’s death inspired us to fundraise in her memory and help save a child’s life through the purchase of hospital equipment.

In April 2010, tragedy struck our family again as we lost Aine after almost a 36 hour fight for survival. Aine died on April 27th 2010 of culture negative sepsis triggered by a febril seizure during the night which eventually led to multi organ failure and her death at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

Aine was also 5 and a half years old with a history of epilepsy and was diagnosed at 3 and a half with autism. Aine was added to the charity and fundraising was done to help autistic children in her memory. Aine had travelled a lot of the world and had medical treatment done in Baton Rouge with bio medical and then in Qingdao, China with stem cell treatment.

Aine was a very happy child and will be remembered for her infectious laughter and giggles. Aine attended St. Senans Primary School autistic unit for almost two years and left quite a gap in a lot of people’s lives. She had a passion for music, in particular Westlife, Boyzone and Christy Moore. Her two favourite pieces of music – “The Rose” and “Ride On” – were sung for her at her funeral.

The memory of two little angels live on in our hearts and their charity helps save another child’s life. Our children are precious and especially a special needs or sick child as they need our care and support.

 

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