Kerry people living in the Middle East have raised 2,500 euro for the Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation. Representatives of the Kerry Middle East Society are making a cheque presentation to Donal’s mother, Elma, at the Killarney Heights Hotel today. The money was raised at the society’s gala ball in Dubai and at the inaugural Donal Walsh 15-a- side football tournament. The Kerry Middle East Society was founded in 2011 and now has 75 members in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait. The main beneficiary of its charitable events is the Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation. The 16 year-old from Blennerville lost his battle with lung cancer in May 2013. Before Donal’s death, he came to national prominence as a campaigner for suicide awareness, after winning a Radio Kerry/Kerry’s Eye ‘Local Hero’ Award. Since then, more than €300,000 has been raised, over €170,000 of which has already been committed to good causes. The foundation has funded counseling rooms for teenagers at Console and Pieta House offices nationwide. It is also working with three different hospices in Kerry, Limerick and Wicklow. Donal’s mother Elma said the family is delighted Kerry people abroad have taken the charity to their hearts.
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