The recent tragic death of four year old Ciarán Treacy in a horrific car crash in Portarlington has sparked a wave of sympathy in the community, from Portarlington to Killenard and Stradbally, where Ciarán’s mother Gillian Treacy, née Ryan is from.
While Gillian, her husband Ronan and children Sean and Caoimhe attempt to recover from the tragedy of losing little Ciarán, their family and friends are showing their support by busily organising a range of fundraisers to help ease the costs facing the Treacy family, from coffee mornings to a monster raffle, a golf classic and a public auction in Portarlington next August.
Four weeks ago a committee was formed, which includes her brother and father, and Ronan’s brother.
Chairman Padraig Briody says there are close to 16 people on the committee, who have each been allocated different aspects of the fundraising campaign.
“There was a huge swell of wishes to do something for the family, so we hope to channel that into support,” he said.
The money raised will help pay for a wheelchair accessible car and adjustments to the Treacy family home, home care and other usual costs facing the young family.
“It is very important to us that we had the full approval of the family, and that we do this professionally and sensitively, and with full transparency,” said Mr Briody.
With the permission of the Treacy and Ryan families, a publicity campaign has been designed and launched, with posters and a facebook page.
The campaign is called ‘Bubbles for Ciarán’ and features a beautiful photo of Ciarán chasing after bubbles, taken at a family wedding.
Among the events planned are a host of coffee mornings, growing in number by the day, a table quiz and a raffle, culminating with a golf classic and public auction on August 8.
“We hope the family will find some solace in this show of support,” Mr Briody said.
Find ‘bubbles for Ciarán’ on facebook, and read Port and Stradbally notes in the Leinster Express for updates.