IT is a situation the Walsh family has grown accustomed to – complete strangers contacting them or knocking on their door to hand over cash for the charity they founded in their son's memory.
The release of Donal's last video on Saturday night, recorded as part of a HSE anti-suicide campaign, has sparked a fresh wave of donations. The Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation has so far collected in excess of €150,000. Over €50,000 was collected in Donal's name for Crumlin Children's Hospital before he died in May.
"It's just phenomenal," said Donal's dad Fionnbar last night.
"We're getting everything from gifts from pensioners to donations from little kids that have opened their piggy banks and it's all kicked off again since the launch of the HSE video."
Mr Walsh said that it was only since seeing the clip recorded by their son just weeks before he died that people realised how sick he really was.
"They had seen him interviewed on the 'Saturday Night Show' but they didn't realise he was wheelchaired to the stage and only walked the last few steps." He said his son had made an extra effort when he realised the impact his TV appearance had had, and even though the filming of the HSE video only took about an hour, it was a huge effort for him. Although he was visibly tiring, he was determined to carry on.
"He was some young fellow for one young fellow," he added.
Margaret Hussey from Sneem was just one of the people who contacted the Walshes, letting them know she had fundraised for their charity that aims to promote Donal's messages to live life and to work for improved facilities for teenagers affected by cancer. The mother of two called to the family's home in Blennerville, Co Kerry this week to hand over €700 she had collected for the charity by taking part in the Cork mini-marathon and collecting donations at Listowel Races.
"When you have two healthy children yourself, it's very hard not to have been touched by Donal, but I could not get over the generosity of little children who were handing over their €1 and €2 coins."