Hospice 'causeway' begins today

Fundraiser has already raised more than €61,000 for Donegal Hospice

Hospice 'causeway' begins today
Carolyn Farrarcarolyn.farrar@donegaldemocrat.com@dgldemocrat

Work is to begin today on “Kathleen’s Causeway of Coins” to mark the conclusion of a months-long fundraiser for Donegal Hospice.

“Kathleen’s Causeway of Coins” was launched earlier this year by the family of Kathleen Ruddy to raise money for Donegal Hospice in her memory. Kathleen, a leading figure in the Letterkenny musical theatre community, passed away last November.

The causeway will span the 3km from Kathleen’s Crievesmith Park home to Donegal Hospice with coins, in an initiative that has already raised about €61,500. Donations are also being accepted throughout the week.

Dozens of fund-raising events have been held across the county, Mary Lane, Kathleen Ruddy’s daughter, said. “It’s been a quite special time, actually, and we are so grateful to everyone who has contributed their time and donations,” she said.

To create the causeway, 50-cent and 2-euro coins will be placed end-to-end along the route. The start will be celebrated this morning at Crievesmith Park, with a coffee morning and live music from 10am. 

“We’re making a little event out of it,” Mary said. Kathleen’s eldest granddaughter, Megan, will begin the causeway.

The causeway will be stretched out today from Crievesmith Park to the Station House Hotel; Tuesday from the Station House to Market Square; Wednesday from the square to Letterkenny Courthouse; Thursday from the courthouse up the High Road; and on Friday, from the High Road to the hospice in Knocknamona.

“It will be a conveyor belt all day,” Mary said.

They are recruiting volunteers to join them as marshals and bucket collectors.  Anyone who can help should get in touch at 085 8285252; at mary@ causewayofcoins.com; or through Kathleen's Causeway of Coins Facebook page or web site.

Pictured: Launching Kathleen’s Causeway of Coins earlier this year, from left, Phil Dalton, Mary Lane, John Ruddy, Dr James McDaid, Valerie Bright, and Dan Ruddy. Photo Brian McDaid