GERALDINE O’Loughlin from Portlaoise, and formerly of Clonaslee, passed away last April but her life is being remembered by her husband Tom and family who last week launched a memorial which will help the people who struggle to survive in developing countries.
Last Thursday, Tom was joined by family, friends and the Vita Organisation for the launch of Vita Gold (Geraldine O’Loughlin Distress Fund) at County Hall Portlaoise by incoming GAA president Liam O’Neill.
Tom, who is well known from his work with Laois GAA, and his family want the memorial fund to honour Geraldine’s memory and also her wish to help families and especially women and children in southern Ethiopia where Vita concentrates its aid efforts. The family’s target is to raise more than €50,000 to provide irrigation and drinking water to 1,200 families in an area the size of a small Irish parish.
The O’Loughlin family has already donated €5,000 to launch the fund. But their main fundraising effort takes place on Sunday, August 28 when Tom will be joined by his sons Keith, Barry, Kevin and Paul, nephew Gearoid Horan as well as Declan and Ivor O’Loughlin who will take part in the Sean Kelly Cycle in Waterford. A host of others have already joined in the fundraising effort.
For full story see this week’s Leinster Express.