The people of Killarney are being asked to give a bit more this autumn, as Heartbeat Killarney Kerry are running fundraising events over the next two weekends.
The cardiac support group aim to help those with heart disease or who have had a cardiac event or stroke in their lives. Their fundraiser, “Rid & Bid” takes place this Saturday (23rd) and next Saturday (30th) at the Outlet Centre.
Chairman Billy O’Sullivan said “It’s like a Bring & Buy but we wanted to update the image a bit. We’ll be selling unwanted gifts, handbags, pictures, that sort of thing and we’ll be there for the day.
“We’ll also have a nurse there with us from 12pm-2pm to take blood pressure and offer advice on cardiac care to anyone interested in coming along. We always try and give something on the day, especially with Covid when people might not have been able to see a nurse so it’s an opportunity for anyone with concerns to see our expert.”
Donations for the second Rid & Bid will be collected next Tuesday (26th) at the Beach Road car park from 11am to 1pm. Donators are asked to note that the group cannot accept electricals, used clothing or food.
The funds raised from this will go towards a portable AED defibrillator to take around with our group.
“When you’re recovering from a cardiac event you get aftercare for about six weeks and then you’re out in the community. A lot of people at that stage haven’t got their confidence back and they’re struggling. They can come to our group and meet fellow strugglers. You don’t have to be afraid to ask questions because everyone there is going through the same thing.”
Further information can be found on the Heartbeat Killarney Kerry Facebook page.