The GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the families of the Cresslough Tragedy victims has hit an incredible €250,000 raised.
The fundraiser, set up on Friday evening by Ards native Gerard McFadden, who is ‘overwhelmed’ by the support from people across the world.
Over 6,400 people have donated with the total just passing €254,000 this morning, less than three days in.
Gerard posted an update earlier today on the page: “Just an update to let you know we have now reached €251,077 and it’s increasing all the time.
The funds raised will go directly to assisting the families of the victims and those whom have been injured as a result of the horrific accident last Friday.
“I will liaise will the Creeslough Community Association and discuss the needs of the community as we move through this awful time together.
“We are completely overwhelmed by the response and the generosity of the people around the world. Please continue to share.”
Gerard, who now lives in Brisbane, Australia, is the son of the late Ben McFadden, and 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.
Gerard told Donegal Daily on Saturday: “I feel that I’m out here and so helpless, so I started the GoFundMe page to play a part.
“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.”
The link for the GoFundMe can be found here.