Major drive to raise funds for little Max

A major drive to raise funds for cancer treatment of two-year-old Max Wenman from Soran, Ballinalee takes place at PVs in Longford town on October 5 next.

A major drive to raise funds for cancer treatment of two-year-old Max Wenman from Soran, Ballinalee takes place at PVs in Longford town on October 5 next.

Max, who is the son of Cathy Bermingham and Roy Wenman, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that attacks the tissues that form the sympathetic nervous system last July. He has since had a tumour removed and is currently undergoing a rigorous treatment programme, which forms part of European clinical trials in children affected by the disease.

The treatment is expected to last for two years and is being conducted at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar and Crumlin’s Hospital for Sick Children.

The main driving force behind the fundraiser are Max’s godparents, Sherina and Eddie Mooney, who told the Leader that tickets for the event will go on sale in numerous retail outlets in Longford town later this week. The line-up already includes some of the best known artists in the local music and entertainment circuit with many more also offering their support for the night.

“We have had such a fantastic response that we now have the Red Room and nightclub area at PVs booked out,” Mr Mooney said.

“Tickets will go on sale this week in Longford town costing €10 and business in other areas across Longford are also very welcome to sell tickets if they wish to do so.”

Already in the pipeline for the big night on October 5 next are Emma Sweeney, Josephine Doherty, Sean Hussey, Paschal and Liz, Driftwood, Recoil, as well as a number of well known local DJs. There will also Karakoe, raffles and lots of spot prizes up for grabs on the night.

“Max’s treatment will be ongoing now for at least the next two years,” Mr Mooney explained further.

“We have also had a couple of fundraisers to date including a Shave and Wax Night at the Anvil Bar, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Anvil Bar for that. Also Jessie from CupCake Creations raised funds through the sale of special cupcakes that she made and then sold at the Red Cow Markets last weekend; thanks so much to everyone for that.”

Businesses, artists, musicians and anyone who would like to come on board and support this very worthwhile initiative should contact Eddie Mooney on (085) 2478000.

An account for donations has also be established at AIB, Main Street, Longford. A/C No: 20233024; Sort Code: 93 21 40.

See next week’s issue of the Longford Leader for interview and more details about this fundraiser.