Friends in fundraiser for brave accident victim Stephen
FRIENDS of a courageous young Cloghran man, who is determined to walk again after a farm accident left him confined to a wheelchair, have embarked on a major fund-raising drive to fund his improvement.Stephen Cluskey, now 20 years of age and a former student of Belvedere College, suffered spinal injuries in an accident on a farm in North County Dublin on August Bank Holiday 2
FRIENDS of a courageous young Cloghran man, who is determined to walk again after a farm accident left him confined to a wheelchair, have embarked on a major fund-raising drive to fund his improvement.
Stephen Cluskey, now 20 years of age and a former student of Belvedere College, suffered spinal injuries in an accident on a farm in North County Dublin on August Bank Holiday 2002.
Since the accident in 2002, Stephen has been confined to a wheelchair and he has no movement from his neck down. He requires 24 hour nursing care.
The eldest son of Kevin and Esme Cluskey, Cloghran, Pinnock Hill, Stephen lives in the family home with his parents, sister Amy and brother James. He is supported by his family in every way they can to meet his special needs within the home environment.
The tragic accident in 2002 resulted in Stephen being wheelchair bound with complete loss of limb movement, but with a very bright and searching mind.
His courage and determination are best illustrated in his having successfully completed his Leaving Certificate and he is now pursuing a Business Studies course in UCD two nights a week.
Stephen believes that medical science will one day allow him to use his limbs. While the love and support of his parents and family is central to his life, he believes the opportunity of greater independence will help him further develop his life.
Over the past two years Stephen’s young friends have often felt useless. They now want to help as much as they can to aid Stephen’s recovery, as they all believe the popular young man will walk again.
As a result, the Stephen Cluskey Spinal Injury Appeal Fund, ‘Living With Hope’ was set up with the difficult aim of raising tens of thousands of euro.
The committee hope to raise ?1 million in 2005 which will be lodged in an independently administered trust fund established to fund the medical improvement of Stephen.
The money raised will provide Stephen with the resources to seek out every opportunity that presents itself to develop a full and successful life.
The co-ordinating committee includes Jim O'Daly, Kieran McGee, Robert O’Riordan, Ann Brennan, Myra Savage, Olive Flynn and Ann Corrigan (legal adviser).
The key fund-raising personnel are Lorcan McCarthy, Harry McNamee, Tom Garrigan, Mags Greenan, Michael Halligan and Jill Travers.
A host of events have been organised over the coming months with the aim of reaching the ?1 million target.
A golf classic will be held in Balbriggan Golf Club on Friday, May 6. Businesses and golfers across the north county are invited to take part in the fourball event, which is ?400 for four including dinner.
It is hoped the classic will raise ?20,000 for the fund, and the committee is also looking for businesses to sponsor a hole.
Are you thinking of walking, running or jogging in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon? If so would you consider running it for Stephen.
The Flora Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon is the biggest all-women’s event of its kind in the world and the 23rd running of it takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, June 6 2005.
Since it was first run in 1983, nearly 440,000 women have taken part in the 10km run and charities are the big winners. In 2004 alone an impressive ?9 million was collected.
Sponsorship forms are available in the Evening Herald on a Thursday and Saturday.
A third event, a car draw, with a fabulous first prize of a Renault Romus, will take place on June 1. The committee hope to sell 100,000 tickets at ?20.
There’s lots of events planned over the next months so for further information please contact Ms M Savage on (086) 815 9545 or Mr J O’Daly on (087) 265 7737.
Alternatively, a direct donation can be made to the Stephen Cluskey Spinal Injury Fund, Ulster Bank, Swords. The account number is 31270011 while the sorting code is 986280.