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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Community behind the Furlong family fundraisers

A NUMBER of events have been taking place all over Wexford in order to raise money for the family of Nicola Furlong.

There has been a massive outpouring of sympathy all over Wexford since the young Curracloe woman's tragic death in Tokyo in May. Nicola's father Andrew has said recently that he has been touched by the level of kindness and sympathy his family have received in the weeks since his daughter's death.

Last Friday night, Nicola's father, mother and a number of members of her family and friends (pictured) turned out for the launch of a CD Single for Aaron Berry's song ' This is not Goodbye'.

Aaron wrote the song as a tribute to Nicola and all the money raised from its sale will go to The Nicola Furlong Fund. 'It was a good night,' Aaron said. ' There was a good turn out. It was lovely to see members of Nicola's family there too. Most importantly we sold about 100 CD's on the night too and that will go directly into the fund.'

The CD, which is sponsored by ST Civil Engineering, is now available for purchase at Whites for Music for €5 and Aaron is hoping that a number of businesses throughout Wexford will get onboard and sell copies themselves.

' If any businesses out there would like to sell copies of the CD, I'd ask them to contact Whites for Music and they'll be able to provide them with copies.' Aaron has already produced 1000 CDs and is hoping that if he can sell all of them he can present the Furlong family with €5,000 to help with costly travel and accommodation expenses to Japan for the trial of Nicola's killer.

Also taking place last week was a coffee morning at the FDYS Cloisters Cafe which was organised by the young people who take part in the programme. The youngsters, who range in age from 12 to 18, decided that they would like to do something to help the Furlong family at this difficult time.

Carolyn Brohan of the FDYS said: 'I think the fact that it's been such a high profile story and the fact that Nicola was so young really struck a chord with our youngsters here. They were determined to do something to help and they came up with the idea of a coffee morning, which was completely their own doing. They put in so much effort and planning into it, having meetings and promoting it etc. We're really proud of them up here.'

Over the course of the morning, about 30 people dropped into the Cafe for tea and a snack and the kids, who were all dressed in Nicola's favourite colour, pink, raised nearly €400 for the fund.

Also, to reflect Nicola's fun-loving personality, a massive event is being scheduled for August 6, called the Pink Walk the Walk. It will consist of a fun walk and a street party in aid of the Nicola Furlong Fund. The walk will finish up on Charlotte Street where there will be a stage with live music from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., a barbecue by Richie Doyle and Sons butchers, with all proceeds going towards the fund and Beat 102-103 broadcasting live.

Also the Centenary Stores have kindly offered to donate all of its profits from the bar on the day and Sam McCauley's have sponsored thousands of pink balloons to be let into the sky to mark the end of the walk. Tickets are available from The Stores Wexford, Sam McCauley Chemists, Pettitts, and lots of other outlets.

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