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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Pals to sky-dive in memory of Sandra

FINTAN LAMBE

FUNDRAISERS for the Irish Kidney Association in memory of the late Sandra O'Brien continue this month.

Family and friends are undertaking a daring charity sky dive on September 20 next to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association. As part of their fundraising efforts, they're also holding a fancy dress fun cycle in Gorey on Saturday, September 13 next.

Just over two months ago, after a long, hard battle, Sandra (or Sanny, as she was fondly known by her family and friends) sadly passed away at the age of 23.

Sanny was diagnosed with renal failure shortly after she was born, which meant spending the majority of her life on dialysis, including home dialysis.

Over the course of her life, she had three kidney transplants, with the last one being 11 years ago. Throughout Sanny's life, the Irish Kidney Association was of invaluable support to her and her family.

Sanny is remembered for her infectious personality and her courage.

Her family and friends have described her as 'the most fun loving, crazy girl you'd ever meet,' who lit up a room with the biggest smile, and hearty laugh.

To honour Sanny, members of the O'Brien family and some close friends are undertaking a charity sky dive from 10,000 feet on September 20 to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association, specifically the Renal Support Centre in Beaumont Hospital which provides free accommodation for patients' families.

'This was a home away from home for my cousin Sanny's family, over the five weeks she was in hospital, before she sadly passed away,' said Alan O'Brien, one of those taking part in the sky dive.

All those taking part must raise €240 to cover the cost of the dive. Any sponsorship to defray this cost, or part of it, would be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be made to Alan on 086 8677222 or Michelle on 087 9121221 or online at www.ika.ie, by selecting O'Brien Family Charity Sky Dive under Fundraising Events.

'The support received to date has been overwhelming and every cent we raise will go directly to this phenomenal support centre and will hopefully enable them to continue to assist families in the way they did the O'Brien's,' said Alan.

As part of the fundraising efforts, a fancy dress charity fun cycle will be held on Saturday, September 13, from The Monument, Gorey. Registration is at 2 p.m. sharp. The route from The Monument takes in Courtown, Killenagh, Ballycanew, and back to the Bridge Bar in Gorey.

Sponsorship cards available from Tomkins Garage, Gorey, or contact Majella on 086 2625005 or Michelle on 087 9121221 or pay on the day.

Entry is €10 per participant. A barbecue and music will be held in the Bridge Bar from 8.30 p.m. onwards.

There's a prize for Best Fancy Dress on the day, and raffle prizes on the night.

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