Eileen and Paco fundraising for MS Tralee

Ladies who gave up their time to model some clothes at Paco’s Fashion Show in Tralee on Friday which was in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Tralee branch. Pictured are Audrey Moran, Mary Lynch, Sheila Sayers, Joan Doody, Eileen Whelan (Manager), Sheila Kennedy, Carol Doody and Breda Browne. Photo by Joe Hanley
Ladies who gave up their time to model some clothes at Paco’s Fashion Show in Tralee on Friday which was in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Tralee branch. Pictured are Audrey Moran, Mary Lynch, Sheila Sayers, Joan Doody, Eileen Whelan (Manager), Sheila Kennedy, Carol Doody and Breda Browne. Photo by Joe Hanley

Fergus Dennehy

At this point, it has to be safe to say that Eileen Whelan is one of the most prolific fundraisers that Tralee has seen in a long time, such is the number of successful events that the business owner has run over the past number of years.

Some of the charities that Eileen and Paco have raised funds for over the past few years include 'Rehabcare' in Blennerville, Recovery Haven, Inspired as well as fundraising for new defibrillators in locations around the town.

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This time around, Eileen and her team at Paco were raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Tralee and talking to Eileen last Friday, she said that is already one of the most successful events that she and the shop have organised.

"It was fantastic. I think it is the most that we have ever made for charity from a coffee morning. We're currently at about €418 and there is still money being put into the bucket. I reckon that we'll hit the €450 as the final total hopefully," said Eileen.

As to why she chose the MS Tralee branch as the charity to raise funds for this time around, Eileen said that is a charity which is very close to her heart and one which can tend to be forgotten about sometimes with all the different fundraisers happening.

"They [MS Tralee] need all the help they can get. One of the services that they offer is pilates which helps users with their muscles."

"My best friend Audrey has MS so every little thing that we can raise here through the coffee morning is a great help," Eileen finished.

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