Claremorris law student and Miss Ireland semi-finalist Olivia Barrett recently put her beauty and books aside to fundraise for Daisy Lodge 4 Mayo, a much needed therapeutic centre for children suffering cancer and their families. Daisy Lodge is being built in the stunning surroundings of Cong.
Claremorris native Oliva Barrett organised a collective Walk/Run/Cycle around the county and raised €2,400 towards the new centre and encourages others to do the same.
Olivia had the support of her own local community family and even friends abroad who clocked their distance using either a smart watch or running app and collectively they covered a distance of 980km, donating all funds raised to Olivia’s JustGiving page.
Daisy Lodge4Mayo will be a purpose-built eight-suite therapeutic short breaks facility on the shores of Lough Corrib, near the village of Cong. The centre is purpose-built for children suffering from cancer and their families. Planning permission has been secured by Cancer Fund for Children (CFFC), the charity behind Daisy Lodge and construction is set to commence in early 2022.
The motivation to build the centre is driven by the experience of a similar centre, Daisy Lodge, Newcastle, Co Down. This new project in Mayo will double the capacity for these families and effectively ensure that no child in Ireland will face cancer alone.
“I was overwhelmed by the generosity, in such testing times it was amazing to see everyone getting involved and promoting something positive as I feel we have all been lacking positivity the last few months and this created great enthusiasm,” said Olivia. “I was motivated to do the fundraiser because I believe in Cancer Fund For Children’s belief that no child in Ireland should face cancer alone. Currently, there is no such facility in the Republic of Ireland where families can get away from their intense and exhausting cancer journey and feel normal, supported and relaxed in a loving, caring and happy environment. I would encourage everyone to get behind this great cause, Just go for it! The sense of pride and achievement you get when completing a fundraiser knowing you are going to help so many families from all over the country and ensure that the are in the best place possible is so rewarding.”