Two Cheques In Aid Of Ukrainian Refugees Presented At TIRC

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Artist Gerald Byrne presenting a cheque to Mary Carroll, TIRC Co-ordinator, and Kathleen O’Connor, TIRC, the proceeds of a fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees in Tralee.

TWO cheques in aid of Ukrainian refugees were presented recently at the Tralee International Resource Centre (TIRC).

Artist Gerald Byrne from Crotta, raised €2,050 to support Ukrainian refugees living in Kerry through his ‘Art for Ukraine’ fundraiser.  He donated the funds to TIRC on Monday to support their work with the Ukrainian refugees.

Gerald said he wanted to help the people fleeing Ukraine and he decided to do line drawings which he put up for sale and all funds raised are now donated to directly support the refugees.

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Accepting the donation on behalf of Tralee International Resource Centre, Co-ordinator Mary Carroll said; “This is a wonderful donation from the actions a local man who wanted to help in any way that he could. We are most grateful and we will put the funds to good use to support the refugees in centres around Tralee to settle into life here.”

Mary continued; “The outpouring of support and offers of help has been amazing as local people respond to the plight of the people of Ukraine.”

Meanwhile the proceeds of a coffee morning held on Friday, March 25 at TIRC were also presented at the centre to a representative from the Irish Red Cross.

Pictured handing over the funds raised by their coffee morning in Tralee International Resource Centre to the Irish Red Cross are Carol Carey, MTU student in TIRC, Mary O’Sullivan, TIRC, Ifeanyi Festus Asylum Seeker, Lynda Murphy, Unit Officer Tralee Red Cross, Mary Carroll TIRC Co-ordinator and Tara Moriarty MTU student in TIRC.

The coffee morning, which was organised by asylum seekers and refugees living in Tralee to support the Ukrainian refugees raised €315 and was a wonderful example of refugees helping fellow refugees.

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