The people of Raphoe are rowing behind a campaign to help raise funds for a Seizure Service Dog for a young Letterkenny Leaving Certificate student, with a coffee morning organised for the campaign this weekend.
According to Liam Porter, who is organising Saturday’s Coffee Morning at the Volt House from 11am to 1pm, the campaign started when he was sent a link last weekend for the campaign for Eliza.
“Eliza’s sister Hannah started the campaign to try and raise €5,000 and once I read her post I was determined to try to do something to help. The money raised goes towards the training necessary for the dog, but it will make such a huge difference in Eliza’s life.”
He added: “Eliza’s mum Patrice, is the Art Teacher at Deele College and even though Eliza has been really ill for much of this year, Patrice has shown amazing energy and enthusiasm for school life.
“She organised a fantastic launch parade for the Deele 50th Anniversary, was a star of the Strictly and organised the celebration dinner dance too. On top of that she saw two of her students reach the national finals of Junk Kouture. I feel certain that even if people in Raphoe don’t know Eliza - who is a student at Colaiste Ailigh - lots of people in this area will want to support this cause because of her mum.”
Liam, who says he has a personal interest because his wife had suffered from seizures in the past, also maintains that reading Hannah’s online post would encourage people to want to donate.
On the lets go fundraise page she set up, she wrote:
“My wee sister Eliza has suffered from Epilepsy for 7 years. She’s been offered a place in an art course away from home next September and would really love to go however her epilepsy creates a lot of problems for her and a massive amount of worry for our family. Eliza is the biggest sweetheart you could meet and my own personal hero, and a service dog would give her a huge amount of confidence, freedom and support. All she wants is to be able to live a normal life without the need for constant supervision and this dog would vastly improve her quality of life.”
Saturday’s coffee morning will run from 11am to 1pm at the Volt House in the Diamond in Raphoe and everyone is welcome.
Anyone wishing to help can contact Liam on 0862657758 or by e.mail – firstname.lastname@example.org