Thursday 29 September 2016

Donal Walsh's message touches hearts around the world

Published 25/07/2015 | 02:30

Donal Walsh lost his battle with cancer in May 2013 but came to the nation’s attention in his final weeks when he passionately urged other young people to seek help if they were feeling suicidal.
Donal Walsh lost his battle with cancer in May 2013 but came to the nation’s attention in his final weeks when he passionately urged other young people to seek help if they were feeling suicidal.

A charity set up in memory of a teenage anti-suicide campaigner has raised in excess of €300,000.

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And although most of the money was raised in Ireland, the poignant message of Donal Walsh to value life and live it to the full has now reached the Middle East and Africa.

The teenager from Blennerville, Co Kerry, lost his battle with cancer in May 2013 but came to the nation's attention in his final weeks when he passionately urged other young people to seek help if they were feeling suicidal.

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Now a gala dinner in Dubai and a Gaelic football tournament attended by Irish people living in Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman has raised €2,500 for the charity.

Representatives of the Middle East Kerry Association presented the cheque to Donal's mum Elma last night. His dad Fionnbar told the Irish Independent he was surprised by how far-reaching the "tentacles" of Donal's message were. Out of the money raised by Donal's charity, €170,000 has already been committed to good causes.

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