Organisers of the Plaza for Gaza fundraiser in Buncrana have said they were “overwhelmed” by the support of the people of Inishowen.”
The fundraiser, organised by John Cutliffe and a group of his friends in the town, was a resounding success. Set up to fund badly-needed medical and other resources for innocent children caught up in the conflict, the cause touched the hearts of local people.
A spokesperson told the ‘Journal:’“We’re absolutely astounded by the generosity and kindness of the community here, “not just in Buncrana but throughout Inishowen and beyond. We were hoping to cover our costs and raise a few Euro but at this stage we’ve raised over €8,500 and donations are still coming in, even though the concert is over.
All proceeds are going straight to St Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem where many of the children injured in the conflict are being treated. Many people were moved to help after seeing the touching photos of bloodied and bandaged children posted on social media by John Cutliffe, who volunteered to help in the hospital.
The concert itself was a resounding success and the organisers want to make it clear that everyone gave their time and talent voluntarily which managed to keep running costs for the event down to a bare minimum. They also want to thank the local media who helped them promote the event and help boost interest in it. They will give a complete account of the event and sponsors once they sign off on it. The organisers are keen to point out that people can still donate up until Friday, September 26th when they will close the credit union account and transfer the funds. Every single cent is going to the hospital and full details of income and expenditure will be published.