Nurse Cara ready to 'pay it forward'

Cara set to swap West Kerry for Kingston on mission to help others

Cara Buckley, a nurse in the Bon Secours in Tralee, will travel to Kingston in Jamaica later this month
Cara Buckley, a nurse in the Bon Secours in Tralee, will travel to Kingston in Jamaica later this month

Fergus Dennehy

'Be the change you wish to see in the world' and, inspired by the famous Gandhi quote, west Kerry nurse Cara Buckley is preparing to fly out to Kingston, Jamaica with the 'Mustard Seed Ireland' charity.

Cara - a nurse in the Bon Secours Hospital who lives in Castlegregory - will spend a week in Kingston where she hopes to use her skills as a qualified nurse and chef to care for and help bring a smile to faces of abandoned children.

"I've had it in my head from a very young age to go to an orphanage in India or Africa to help out. So when this opportunity with Mustard Seed Ireland came up, I knew that I had to get involved," said Cara.

"There is a place there called 'Sophie's House' with abandoned children left on the street, children with HIV, disabilities and even children, between the ages of 8-12, with crisis pregnancies," she continued.

"I'm a very spiritual person so I see what I'm doing by going over to these kids as 'paying it forward'.

I've been blessed with two healthy children who I've raised to teenagers all by myself and I know how difficult it can be to raise two healthy children.

"I can't imagine what it must be like for these children abandoned on the streets with sickness, disabilities, no funding, no support or no family.

So, I just want to go over there, pay it forward, give thanks to how lucky I am and just help one child smile and just give them some bit of love," Cara continued.

Cara will use her nursing knowledge to care for the babies there and will also bring clothes and toys over for the children.

"I'm so excited about just making even the littlest of differences in someone's world. I can't wait to get over there," she finished.

Not only is Cara hoping to inspire change while in Jamaica, she is also hoping that people at home, aware of her trip, might be inspired to help out in a small way too.

She has also thanked her kind-hearted colleagues at the Bon Secours who have been incredibly generous with donations and supplies for her October 20 trip.