By Orla Hearns
Ballina twins, Abi and Ava Galvin (13), have used the Covid-19 lockdown to build up their following on TikTok and are now putting their strong profile on the latest social media craze to good use by undertaking a novel fundraiser.
TikTok facilitates the making and sharing of short-form mobile videos.
At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Abi and Ava’s dad, Niall, set them the challenge of getting 100,000 likes on their TikTok account, promising them a puppy if they succeed.
The girls have been consistently making videos ever since and their following has gone from 60 (with 774 likes) to over 1,600 followers and 33,300 likes.
Their mum, Marie, works for Western Care and the twins have been struck by the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the charity’s service users – people with intellectual disabilities.
The lockdown has deprived them of enjoying important social activities like going out for tea or shopping.
Western Care is working hard to support them but can only do so with a supply of dependable vehicles.
When Abi and Ava heard that some of the charity’s vehicles are nearly 20 years old they decided to try to raise €10,000 to help finance the upgrade of at least one car for the charity.
They have decided to hold a 24-hour TikTok challenge on the June bank holiday weekend, commencing at midday on Saturday, May 30.
“We will do a different TikTok every hour on the hour for 24 hours non-stop! It will be hard to keep going through the night but we really want to do something to help in this difficult time,” the girls said.
They are asking people to support them by following @abigalvin on TikTok and by donating via the Facebook page “Abi n Ava’s 24hr TikTok Challenge for Western Care Association” or online via: