Wexford quake survivors raise massive €60,000 for Nepal
Eight Wexford people who survived the devastating Nepal earthquake have raised €60,000 for its victims and hope to reach €100,000 by the end of this month.
'It makes us so proud for the people of Wexford, for what they have done,' said Catherine Jordan, from Westgate Design, 'we put it in motion when we got back, but the people have made it so easy.'
'It's a very good feeling for us all. There was so little we could do when we were there, so we decided to do something positive when we got home. People have been extraordinary with donations.. some have been giving me €50 notes, some have us €1,000, €1,500 and upwards of €5,000,' she said.
The proceeds of Thursday night's 'Concert for Nepal' and raffle at the National Opera House are still being tallied, with around €60,000 raised since fund-raising began. Another big event, a 'MidSummer's Night for Nepal' is being planned at White's Hotel for June 20, with Catherine hopeful that by the end of this month €100,000 will have been raised.
'If we could raise €100,000 it would be absolutely fantastic.. I can't say enough positive things about the people of Wexford, they have been wonderful,' said Catherine.
The eight Wexford trekkers caught up in the quake, which killed more than 8,500 people and made hundreds of thousands homeless, were: Catherine, Mary Moran, John Nolan, Jimmy Morrissey, Fr. Tom Dalton, Jim McGillicuddy, Ger Colfer and Joan Etchingham.