Saturday 19 January 2019

Community spirit shines brightly at Aoibheann's Pink Tie fundraiser

Fergal Maddock

Community spirit is alive and well in Swords after local people pulled together to raise money to help a charity that provides practical and financial support to children suffering from cancer in Ireland and their families.

The fundraising efforts in aid of Aoibheann's Pink Tie held at The Ploughman pub raised a phenomenal €4,000. In an emotional evening, little inspirational two-year-old Evie Groves, her parents Lorraine and John and brother Sean, aged eight, as well as their aunts, uncles and grandparents attending the evening.

Evie is a princess at St John's Ward at Crumlin Children's Hospital and she was the guest of honour on the evening. As part of the fundraising efforts on Easter Sunday, three large hampers worth over €250, as well as a €150 voucher from Perfect Parties, were raffled. A total of €1,800 was raised from the raffle, while Evie's brother Sean and his uncle Jonathan's company 'Millennial Homes' donated €100 each.

Sean explained to the assembled audience that he had saved €100 towards a new Playstation but he had decided to donate it to Aoibheann's Pink Tie, which is supporting his family. As well as donating the hampers, The Ploughman donated an additional €1,000, while the  Merchant Arch Bar and Restaurant in Temple Bar donated a fruther €1,000. The whole day was full of surprises.

During the afternoon, there were some pink-themed family fun during the afternoon with kids nail polishing, face-painting, colouring, balloons and sweets. Before the raffle Jimmy spoke beautifully about his charity and about his amazing daughter Aoibheann whom he set up the charity in her memory.

Fianna Fail TD Darragh O'Brien said some very kind words about the generosity of the customers in the Poughman and all the families like The Grove's whom they are helping by supporting Aoibheann's Pink Tie. Sean Groves helped to pick out the raffle tickets and that was when we started to get word that The Merchant Arch and The Ploughman wanted to donate a €1000 each! Two cheques totalling €4,000 were handed over to Jimmy Norman, the CEO of Aoibheann's Pink Tie by Jackie Costello and then the celebrations began.

The band Revival started playing music and everyone at the Ploughman started singing and dancing for evening.  Guests were joined by more special guests throughout the night, Fianna Fail Cllr. Eoghan O'Brien, Warner Brothers CEO Lisa Del Campo and Mark Prendergast of Kodaline. The Poughman want to especially thank all their staff and customers for their continued help and loyalty.

Aoibheann's Pink Tie help sand offers practical support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer and who are attending St John's Oncology Ward in Our Lady's Children's Hospital.  Focused on children attending the only treatment centre for childhood cancer in Ireland, we will support the complete family unit, of parents and siblings, who may not understand what is happening to their brother or sister. For more visit

Fingal Independent