Ardagh lady, Margie Magan Gervasoni has been nominated for the title of Longford Carer of the Year 2012. Mrs Gervasoni, who is mother to former Rose of Tralee star, Tamara, has been caring for her husband, Andy Gervasoni, for seven years.
“She cares for my Dad and for the whole family as well,” said Tamara (32) speaking to the Leader from her office in London where she works with GOAL UK.
She continued: “He suffered a brain injury which left him semi-paralysed and ever since he has been recovering.”
Originally from Killashee, Margie has always had a caring disposition and this was evident when she chose nursing as a full-time career. While working as a nurse in Africa, she met and eventually married Andy Gervasoni, an Italian.
Together the couple travelled the world with their children before deciding to return to Margie’s native Longford when Tamara was16-years-old.
“I’m a very proud daughter,” said Tamara who previously participated on the RTE reality show Celebrity Farm (2003). “She’s my best friend and my hero. I’m so glad to that they have honoured her (by the award nomination).
“People really do deserve to feel that they are doing something quite special. She has sacrificed so much for us and has never lacked love or support.”
Tamara, a former Scoil Mhuire student, has three siblings; Sasha, Laura and Sabrina (McKenna), who live in County Longford.
Currently working in GOAL’s London office, Tamara has previously worked for GOAL in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Dublin.
Meanwhile the Carers Association’s ‘Listening to Carers’ forum for family carers, including those from Longford, will be held in the Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar on Thursday, April 5 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. This will include a presentation from The Carers Association and workshops to get the views of family carers.
To register for The Carers Association’s ‘Listening to Carers’ Forum, contact Karen Phelan, The Carers Association on 056 7721424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org