Monday 29 December 2014

Majella’s head shave inspires incredible €400k in donations

Wife of Daniel O’Donnell had an initial target of €10k

Published 16/09/2013 | 11:51

MAJELLA O’DONNELL has described as “absolutely amazing” the €400,000 that has been raised for charity since she had her head shaved on television on Friday night.

The wife of popular singer Daniel was audibly overcome as she learned of the amazing figure earlier today.

“No, No, No. Oh my God! Oh my God!” she said as Ryan Tubridy revealed the figure on RTE radio this morning.  

Majella, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, had her head shaved on the Late Late Show in an emotional charity drive for the Irish Cancer Society.

The text lines, phone lines and website of the Irish Cancer Society all crashed under the subsequent traffic as people tried to donate money.

“Mother of God Almighty and Heaven above, thank you everybody so so much,” she said this morning.

Majella O'Donnell has her hair shaved on live TV in a charity drive for the Irish Cancer Society. The Late Late Show item last Friday unleashed a deluge of donations.
Majella O'Donnell has her hair shaved on live TV in a charity drive for the Irish Cancer Society. The Late Late Show item last Friday unleashed a deluge of donations
Singer Daniel O’Donnell with his wife Majella

“It’s incredible. Absolutely incredible. I can’t even put into words – it’s amazing.”

Majella said she and her husband had set a target before the show.  Originally deciding that a goal of €10,000 “would be amazing in the current times”, she was convinced to aim for €50,000.

“I said I might as well aim for the stars, I might get the moon,” she said.

But her inspirational act to have her hair removed so publicly moved the nation far more than she anticipated – to the tune of €400,000, and counting. 

Of her decision to have her head shaved she said: “It wasn’t something that I set out to do – it was almost something that I was told to do. I can see now there was a reason for it.”

Majella also acknowledges how sensitively Tubridy handled the process on his prime time show, giving her the opportunity to back out and go home if she wished to when she became upset.

But she added, “I would never have gone home. That’s not me. If I set out to do something I have to finish it.”

She has also received many compliments on her dramatic new hairdo, most surprisingly from her husband Daniel, she said.

“Daniel is a traditional kind of person but even he said ‘You look beautiful without the hair’.”

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