There has been a rush of support for an online fundraiser in aid of the devastated families of the Creeslough tragedy.
The GoFundMe appeal was set up today by Ards native Gerard McFadden, who is now living in Brisbane Australia.
So far more than €22,000 has been raised from more than 340 donors.
Gerard, who is the son of the late Ben McFadden, said the page is a way for people to send solidarity to the village from around the world. He was also inspired by his father’s legacy of community work, he said. Ben McFadden, who passed away in April, was the former chairman of the Creeslough Community Association.
Speaking to Donegal Daily today, Gerard expressed his shock for his family and friends back home and said: “I feel that I’m out here and so helpless, so I started the GoFundMe page to play a part.
“The funds will go to the people who are injured and the families of the people who have died. When things settle, we will be sitting down and working out what is best for the families and making sure they get this support.”
Gerard added: “I felt my father did so much for the village, especially that he passed away in April, I felt I had a lot to live up to so I jumped on this opportunity to help the community.”
Click here to visit the GoFundMe page: https://gofund.me/12d20770