The organiser of a fundraiser for a young Donegal man forced to live in a lambing shed says he is ‘completely overwhelmed’ after more than €10,000 was raised in 24 hours.
The 19-year old ended up living in isolation after falling out with his family.
A landowner gave him refuge and has now offered him a piece of ground so he can leave the shed which he has lived in for the past eight months and move into a caravan.
Well-known local Foróige youth worker, John Muldowney from Letterkenny, heard about the man’s plight and befriended him.
Yesterday, he set up a Go Fund Me Page in a bid to raise up to €5,000 to buy a caravan for the man. Currently, that figure stands at just over €10,000.
“I’m completely overwhelmed by your generosity in trying to help this lovely young man,” Mr Muldowney said today.
“Unbelievably my initial target has been met! I’ve decided to raise the target to ensure we can afford to connect services and such things as any groundworks that may be needed so please continue to share, this will be life changing for him and we’ll be forever grateful to you all.”
Mr Muldowney described the young man’s circumstances as “awful at present”.
“He is estranged from his family …..and has been living in a neighbours lambing shed for the past 8 months,” he said.
“Things have deteriorated recently; after drinking to numb himself to his circumstances the young man thought about taking his own life,” he added.
“Please donate whatever you can; every euro will make a difference. Let’s show this kind young man that we care about him and that his life is worth living.”
If you can donate a fiver or a tenner or a euro for that matter, please visit the GoFundMe page HERE.