Dynamic duo thanked for helping sick children

by Sylvia Pownall

Two Balbriggan men have been recognised for their fundraising efforts for the children’s charity Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Pals Barry Brennan and Eamon Breen were presented with Wish Star Awards after running the Dublin Marathon and raising €17,000 in the process.

Together with their friend, Eoin Markham, they collected sponsorship and clocked up the miles – helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening conditions in the process.

They collected their award at a star-studded event attended by supporters of the charity including snooker legend Ken Doherty, and Lorraine Keane, Peter Devlin and Paddy Cole.

Barry said: “I am lucky to have two happy and healthy daughters and I am more than happy to do my bit to help others who are not as fortunate.

“I chose to fundraise for Make-A-Wish after seeing a TV piece about the charity showing the difference it can make to a seriously ill child’s life.

“It is an absolute honour and privilege to receive an award for such an amazing charity.”
Make-A-Wish chief executive Susan Dwyer said the money would be a “fantastic help” in helping the charity make seriously ill children’s wishes come true.

Thanking the pair, she added: “They are shining examples of what can be achieved through teamwork and community spirit.

“It is thanks to people [like them] and all their friends and family that we can continue to support truly brave children and their families right across Ireland.”

Since 1992, Make-A-Wish has granted wishes for more than 2,300 brave children across Ireland, including 221 wishes granted in 2017 alone.

A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment.

Make-A-Wish receives no government funding and relies solely on fundraising and donations.

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