'Brilliant' €13,500 raised by Wicklow's fire crews
Firefighters from across the garden county joined colleagues around Ireland to raise funds for Aoibheann's Pink Tie Lighthouse Appeal.
Members of Wicklow's Fire Service were dressed in pink, the colour most associated with the national children's cancer charity. The firefighters carried out bucket collections and car washes to raise funds for this worthwhile cause in locations across the county. An impressive €13,500 has been raised by the Wicklow Fire Service towards the national total. However, the garden county's final total is expected to be significantly higher, as donations are still being counted and other fundraising events are also being planned.
In Arklow, the fire crew carried out a collection at the Bridgewater Shopping Centre and at the Ferrybank roundabout. Organiser Derek Kavanagh of Arklow Fire Crew said, 'there was brilliant response from the public who generously donated to the cause.'
Organisers of the Arklow event thanked chief fire officer Aidan Dempsey for his support and input into the appeal. They also thanked management and staff of the Bridgewater Shopping Centre for their help and Le Café for supplying tea, coffee and sandwiches to the firefighters on the day. Thanks were also extended to staff from Claire's Accessories, Mr Price and East Coast FM, Arklow Gardaí and Ambulance Service.
Carnew, Rathdrum, Dunlavin, Blessington and other fire crews across the county were also involved in the fundraising initiatives.
Firefighters across Ireland were involved in efforts to fundraise for Aoibheann's Pink Tie, a national charity that provides practical and financial support to children and their families affected by childhood cancer.