Sunday 24 September 2017

SJP donates bags and shoes to help tragic Kalie's family

Irish connection: Sarah Jessica Parker (second from right) with friends and family of Kalie Gill
Irish connection: Sarah Jessica Parker (second from right) with friends and family of Kalie Gill
Kalie Gill
Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker has donated her famous shoes and bags to a fundraiser for the distraught family of an Irish schoolgirl.

Kalie Gill (15) died in a car accident in New York in October and her 12-year-old sister Lindsey remains badly injured in hospital where her parents maintain a vigil at her bedside.

The Irish community in New York has rallied together for the December 15 fundraiser and that's how SJP got involved.

ACCIDENT

The actress was out shopping on McLean Avenue buying Irish sausages and rashers from Butcher's Fancy which is owned by Leitrim man Oliver Charles.

"She's very normal, we got a picture with her," Mr Charles told the Herald. After she heard about the accident she rang up Oliver asking "what can I do to help?"

Parker, who owns a house in Donegal, loves the Irish neighbourhood and shops and eats there regularly.

"There are seven pairs of shoes signed by her and a number of designer handbags," said the butcher about the items the actress donated.

Mr Oliver's three daughters have been busy pricing the goods for the auction and bids will begin at $2,000 (¿1,600). During her travels down McLean Avenue SJP also popped into the Aisling Irish Community Center. Orla Kelleher told the Herald that the actress came in to see their work one day as she had a friend in common with Sr Christine Hennessy who works there.

The lover of all things Irish chatted with staff and had just come from her Irish breakfast in Eileen's Country Kitchen. "It was prior to the presidential election and she was lovely we just had a very normal conversation," said Ms Kelleher, director of the centre.

The Kalie Gill Family Fund aims to raise more than $300,000 this December to cover medical costs. The Gill family had just re-emigrated to America after spending eight years at home prior to the tragic accident.

Members of the public can donate to The Kalie Gill Family Fund via www.youcaring.com

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