Almost €350,000 has been raised by an appeal to support those in Creeslough, Co Donegal, following the tragic petrol station explosion which claimed ten lives.
the foundation was set up by Gerard McFadden from Creeslough, but currently living in Brisbane, Australia, to help the families of the deceased and injured.
Yesterday, Mr McFadden posted an update to the GoFundMe page, which initially had a target of €20,000.
“The funds raised will go directly to helping the families of the victims and those who have been injured as a result of the horrific accident last Friday,” he wrote.
“I will liaise with Creeslough Community Association and discuss the needs of the community as we move through this terrible time together.”
The Irish Red Cross has also set up a dedicated Creeslough Community Support Fund to help the local community following Friday’s tragedy at the Applegreen service station in the village.
Applegreen, which has almost 200 locations in Ireland, is promoting online donations to the fund at all its outlets and has also made an initial donation of €50,000.
The launch of the fund is supported by An Post and Applegreen, both partners of the local retailer operating from the blast site.
Head of fundraising at the Irish Red Cross Charlie Lamson said the whole country has been “shocked and saddened” by events in Creeslough.
“People want to show their solidarity with the community there at this hugely difficult time. The Creeslough Community Support Fund will enable funds to be channeled into the local community to provide practical help and support,” he said.
Irish Red Cross volunteers have also made themselves available to provide assistance as needed in Creeslough.
The charity will work with the local community to ensure money raised for the new fund will be used effectively to help support those affected in the coming weeks and months.
A post office will accept donations for the Creeslough Community Support Fund at all of its 920 post offices nationwide.
Donations can be made by cash or debit card, and there is no fee for donations.