The NEC received a hardship claim from the Portlaoise District Branch for one of their members and on an exceptional basis have agreed to the holding of a national collection.
The member of the Portlaoise District Branch has suffered extreme personal family issues in the last few months. At present the members is in hospital himself having surgery.
The member concerned has two small children age 5 and 6 with one child on the autism spectrum. His wife was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis, septicaemia, pneumonia and several other life threating infections, which caused permanent damage and massive swelling with the doctors having to remove part of her brain to keep her alive. She also had 2 strokes which means she is paralysed from the neck down, unable to breath on her own and unable to speak, the only form of communication she has is with the movement of her eyes. She will be on a ventilator and need hospital care for the rest of her life.
The claimant is now the sole parent and carer for his family, struggling alone to support them as their second income has now gone, resulting in the loss of their own home. Local people and friends of the family are fundraising to help build a new house to give the family somewhere to live, but it is still a real struggle due to the circumstances.
Further details can be found here https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21804455
It is only on rare occasions the NEC approves national collections and once again it is an occasion where extreme circumstances prevail.
All donations to assist Adam and his family should be sent to Frank Joyce, Branch Secretary, 12 Broadfield View, Naas, Co. Kildare. W91 E7BK. Please make cheques payable to Adam Cullen.
Or paid directly into the following bank account:
Account Name: Portarlington R.F.C limited
Publication Type: Circular