Fingal native Stephen gets standing ovation from IPAV
Silence descended upon the 200 auctioneers and guests at IPAV's Charity lunch when Fingal native and special guest, Stephen Cluskey, CEO of Mobility Mojo and disability advocate told his personal story of triumph over adversity.
The graphic and compelling story of how a simple game of play among bales of hay in a field in his native Cloghran in North County Dublin on a sunny August bank holiday weekend in 2002 resulted in the then 18 year old suffering catastrophic life changing injuries that would leave him paralysed from the neck down, held the audience spellbound.
Before he took a spontaneous standing ovation from the entire room at the Westbury Hotel, the entrepreneur indicated that his desire to help others may involve him in getting into 'politics in some way'.
Delivering a strong message of triumph over adversity Stephen reminded the audience that 'kites rise highest against the wind',
Host and IPAV President, Brian Dempsey, Partner at DNG Stillorgan who has known Stephen for many years said it was an honour to host the event.
'This Charity lunch is a way our members and guests have of giving something back and we're delighted to help in a small way with this vital work,' he said.
He said this, IPAV's 5th annual President's lunch, had brought the organisation's charity contribution to €50,000 since its inception.