Sinn Féin Area Rep for Rosslare LEA Mick Roche has commended and praised the generosity of the wider public after a local fundraiser reached over €11,000 following the Christmas day flooding around County Wexford. The fundraiser, organised by Roche via the GoFundMe website, was established in the hours following the floods and began receiving donations from generous citizens in a matter of minutes.
Former Cllr Mick Roche said:
“As we all know, the Model County likes to lead by example, and this fundraiser has been no different, we’ve seen citizens around the county leading the way with their generosity. It’s a shame that we need to have established the fundraiser at all, but there is some comfort for the flood victims, knowing that so many people are willing to help and support them.
“Many people at home on Christmas day viewing the dramatic and devastating scenes via the TV or social media soon arrived at the same conclusion, ‘what if this happened to me, what if that was my living room on Christmas morning’ and from that point on there has been overwhelming support to get these flood victims back into warm, dry homes. It’s amazing to see.
“We have already purchased and distributed some coal for the houses in Bridgetown who’s heating systems were damaged in flood, as a means to dry out their homes, and as myself and some of my Sinn Féin colleagues, including Cllr Forde, were assisting these people in their homes, it’s clear the volume of work they face is massive, and we will do everything we can to support them.
“Donations have ranged from €5 and €10 right up to donations in the hundreds of euros, and each and every donation is greatly appreciated by this community. As we now draw the fundraiser to a close, myself and the other community volunteers involved will begin to organise the best way to use and distribute these funds fairly to those who need them the most.
“This community and the county owes a great deal of thanks to the men and women from the Irish Coast Guard volunteers both in Kilmore Quay and Rosslare – Carnsore Units as well as Fethard RNLI, the crew on Rescue 117 and all others who answered the call over the Christmas period, from the Wexford Fire Services and Gardaí to Civil Defence, The support and reassurance that these brave staff members and volunteers offer our county is second to none.”