Wednesday 21 August 2019

Irish woman seriously injured after hair catches in conveyor belt on Australian farm

Annie Dunne
Annie Dunne

David Kearns

Efforts are under way to help raise funds for a young Irish woman seriously injured in a horrific farming accident in Australia.

Tipperary native Annie Dunne is recovering in a Sydney hospital after she suffered extensive injuries when her hair got caught in mechanical conveyor belt.

The incident, which took place last week, is believed to have happened on a farm where Ms Dunne was working to fulfil the 89 days of regional work required to extend her working holiday visa for a second year.

Following the accident, her parents, who live in Kilkeary north of Nenagh, have flown over to Australia to be by her bedside.

“[They] would be well known in the area and would be well regarded,” said someone close to the family.

“Everyone was shocked to hear the news and we’re all hoping that their daughter makes a quick recovery.”

Annie Dunne
Annie Dunne

It is understood that at least one of Ms Dunne’s sisters is also in Australia with her.

Now a major fundraising campaign has been launched to raise money for Ms Dunne’s recovery and to help cover any costs her parents might incur while coming to their daughter’s aid.

So far well-wishers have helped raise more than AU$19,500.

“Any donations received would be very greatly appreciated and will go toward covering Annie's medical expenses,” says the site.

Among the messages of support posted to the site, many have praised the young Kilkeary woman's strength.

"Your the strongest person I know of Annie wishing you a speedy recovery [sic]. Love you so much xxx," wrote Sarah Flannery.

Another user said: "Wishing you a speedy recovery, keep strong! X"

One Irish girl unknown to Ms Dunne wrote: "What an unfortunate thing to happen hope you recover well and can enjoy the rest of your experience in Australia, from an Irish girl living in Australia also."

For those interested in donating to Ms Dunne's recovery, visit her 'My Cause' page here.

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