Kildare footballers turn out for Princess Leah council day

Special guest Kieran McGeeney pictured with Ross, Karen, Emma, and  Zoe Harris from Athy making a donation at the Kildare Mayor's Charity Day, 2013, in aid of the 'Princess Leah Fund' in Áras Chill Dara, Tuesday, March 26.                            Photo Tony Keane.
Over E4,300 was raised by Kildare County Council staff and visitors at a special charity day organised for the Princess Leah Fund.

Over E4,300 was raised by Kildare County Council staff and visitors at a special charity day organised for the Princess Leah Fund.

Six year-old Leah Taaffe from Robertstown is fighting a rare form of brain cancer. Her family have embarked on a major fund raising campaign to cover her treatment at Crumlin Children’s Hospital. A team of doctors from London have taken over her case.

Kildare manager, Kieran McGeeney and footballer, Johnny Doyle were in attendance last Tuesday March 26 along with Mayor of Kildare, Spike Nolan. Although Leah was unable to attend, her mum Sabrina and her brother Jordan were present.

Cllr. Nolan remarked; “It was great, it was a fun day and we were delighted with the response and the money that was raised. People were very generous.”

Many events were planned throughout the day including a cake sale, bling sale, and raffle. Further money has still to come in as the council’s golf society held a tournament last weekend and the running club also organised a fund raising run.

“I wish Leah and her family best wishes on behalf of the members, management and staff of Kildare County Council and hope that our efforts will help in some small way, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Leah is currently undergoing her fourth round of chemo. The massive fundraising drive to pay for her treatment continues.

Upcoming events include a Country Music Night with the Stars on April 10 at the Hazel Hotel, Monasterevin. On the night Patrick Feeney, Declan Nurney, The Davitt Showband, Kym Kelly, Philip English, Matt Leavy, Johnny Brady and Gerry Guthrie will be performing. Tickets cost E15 on the night or they can be purchased from the Hazel, Maggie Edwards, Terrina Hannon or Bernice Halpin at E10 each. There will be a Pink Night at the Derby House Hotel on Kildare April 12 organised by Jayne Muldoon. Admission is E5.

People can make a donation by logging on to www.idonate.ie/princessleahfund. For further information log on to the Facebook page Princess Leah Fund or email kymkellymusic@gmail.com If Leah is unable to undergo further treatment, all funds raised will be donated to the children’s cancer unit at Crumlin Hospital.

- Niamh O’Donoghue