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Berkeley tragedy: American Ireland Fund donates $100k

Official Berkeley tragedy fund raises over $38k in less than a day

Published 18/06/2015 | 09:31

Mourners stand by during a candlelight vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Mourners stand by during a candlelight vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
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FUNDS set up to help raise money for the families of the six tragic Berkeley victims have received a $100,000 boost.

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The American Ireland Fund has announced it will make a donation of $100,000 "to support those who are providing care and assistance on the ground, in particular the San Francisco Irish Pastoral Centre".

It comes as an official account established by the Pastoral Centre has raised more than $38,000 in less than 24 hours

The tax-deductable donations raised will be used to 'support and assist the immediate needs of the families and students in Berkeley'.

The page, called 'Irish J1 Berkeley Tragedy Fund' has already seen hundreds of people donate money to the bereaved families.

It features a photo of a group of students at the vigil for the six victims who were killed when the fourth-storey balcony of a building collapsed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Seven other students were injured in the incident, two are still reported to be in a 'critical' condition in hospital.

The deceased were named as Irish students Eimear Walsh, Lorcan Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Olivia Burke and Irish-American citizen Ashley Donohue.

Read more: 'I just can’t put it into words'- J1 students in Berkeley in deep shock

The page reads: "Early in the morning on June 16, 2015, several Irish J1 students in Berkeley, Calif., were involved in a balcony collapse which resulted in six fatalities and seven serious injuries.

"This account has been established to raise funds for the students affected by this tragedy and their families, and we ask that you donate what you can.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

"Your tax-deductable donations will be used to support and assist the immediate needs of the families and students in Berkeley.

"Your messages of support and concern are all very much appreciated.  We ask that you please keep the victims, their families, friends and all involved in your thoughts and prayers.

Berkeley Tragedy Victims' Fund

The Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco has set up an online account to raise funds for the students affected by this tragedy and to assist the immediate needs of their families.

Click here to make a donation to the fund

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