A GoFundMe campaign has raised over €13,000 to support the family of a Brazilian man whose body was found in Clondalkin.
24-year-old Caique Trindade de Oliveira was reported missing on March 6. According to the GoFundMe page, he left his home in Clondalkin that morning, but never arrived at his English class.
Upon hearing of his disappearance, his mother, Valclecia de Jesus Trindade, flew to Dublin from Brazil to be here for the search.
While helping with a planned Garda search, Cathal O’Donoghue met Valclecia and arranged to set up the fundraising campaign “as a gesture from the local community”.
“Every cent will go directly to her, and will hopefully alleviate a little stress so she can focus on finding her son,” O’Donoghue says in the GoFundMe description.
On March 26, the Garda Water Unit recovered Caique’s body in Clondalkin.
“Our thoughts are with his mother today at this heart-breaking time,” the fundraising page updated to say.
“The people of Clondalkin and the Brazilian community can continue to show their support for her by donating to, what will be, substantial costs. A small gesture by many will help reduce her financial burden.”
The campaign raised €13,427 in its first six days, with support from 775 donors.
In addition to the financial support, many donors left well-wishing comments on the page.
“So sorry for your loss. A small donation to help with the financial burden. Sending love and strength to you at this tragic time. God bless x,” said Jamie Greene.
“Very sorry for your loss… from a fellow bereaved mom,” Cristiane Cash said.
“My heart goes out to his poor Mother and family. So sorry this tragedy came to you so far from home Caique. Rest in peace,” Deirdre Phelan said.
While the donations exceeded the campaign’s final goal of €12,000, O’Donoghue does not plan to raise the target again, but will leave the page open if people wish to make further donations.