Wexford's Nepal quake fundraisers exceed €100,000 target
THE FANTASTIC fundraising efforts by the eight Wexford people who survived the Nepal earthquake have raised more than €100,000 for the people of that stricken country.
The news was delivered by one of their number, Fr. Tom Dalton, at the 'Midsummer Night for Nepal' at White's Hotel on Saturday night, which included a draw, the first prize of which was a diamond necklace worth €2,000.
There was much amusement when the Bishop's spokesman Fr. John Carroll was revealed as the winner, although he made no public statement on his plans for the jewellery.
The eight Wexford trekkers caught up in the quake, which killed more than 8,500 people and made hundreds of thousands homeless, were: Catherine Jordan, Mary Moran, John Nolan, Jimmy Morrissey, Tom, Jim McGillicuddy, Ger Colfer and Joan Etchingham. Saturday's occasion started with a short film, with a voice-over by the eight Wexford survivors, describing some of the horror they experienced during the 7.8 magnitute quake which happened a day after they arrived in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and just how close they had been to becoming victims themselves.
They pledged after their return to do all they could to fundraise, with €100,000 set as the target, and that was realised at the weekend, thanks to their determined efforts and the generosity of the people of Wexford who responded magnificently to the challenge.
The event was addressed by Eamonn Meehan, from Trocaire, who said that every cent raised by the fundraisers would be spent in Nepal one asing the plight of the people of that country and in trying to better protect its towns and villages from any repeat of the April tragedy.