Ringsend locals rallied to raise €25,000 to help dad of two

by Rachel Darcy

A fundraiser for a young dad with cancer has raised €25,000 thanks to an innovative fundraising day in Ringsend.

The Meters4Karl group announced the amount last Thursday, following a count of the funds raised through the group’s ‘Million Meters’ event at the end of March.

Organised by members of St Patrick’s Rowing Club, the fundraiser involved hundreds of people taking to rowing machines positioned outside Ringsend Library with the aim of rowing more than one million metres between them to raise the money for Karl Doyle.

Karl, a young dad, was previously diagnosed with cancer and had been in remission, but found out shortly before Christmas that his cancer had returned.

Friends and teammates from the rowing club rallied behind the father of two to show their support, as well as the local community who turned up in their dozens on the day.

The amount was celebrated widely on social media, with Orla Murphy writing: “I think this event showcased just how amazing this community is.

“The generosity of people was humbling and how everyone pulled together shows our community spirit. When one needs help, we all pull together.

“Get well soon Karl; you have the prayers and well wishes of everyone in Ringsend and Irishtown.”

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