Evolution help Max’s dream come true

Aisling Casey, Robyn Hinkley, Devyn O'Neill, Aisling Cahill, Sarah Ryan. Photo: Shelley Corcoran

Aisling Casey, Robyn Hinkley, Devyn O'Neill, Aisling Cahill, Sarah Ryan. Photo: Shelley Corcoran

The students of Longford’s Evolution Stage School showed their true colours on Saturday last, as they donned their jerseys for a fundraiser.

Jerseys of all sports, teams and colours were worn to class, as the students contributed to the fundraising for the ‘Kids Paradise Dream Come True’ initiative, started by Elizabeth Yorke and her daughter Serena.

The initiative allows a deserving family to enjoy an all-expenses-paid holiday to Orlando, Florida. This year, the holiday will be enjoyed by little Max Wenman, his parents Roy and Cathy and his siblings Robyn, Chloe, Jamie, Killian and Millie.

Speaking to the Leader after the event, teacher at Evolution Stage School, Paul Hennessy explained, “This is our second time to raise money for little Max. We held a Christmas concert for him in December 2012 so we’ve always had an interest in his progress.”

“We were recently contacted by Elizabeth Yorke who is responsible for the Kids Paradise Dream Come True initiative for Little Max,” Paul continued. “Elizabeth’s daughter Chantelle attends our stage school, so we decided we should have a jersey day because it’s a great way to raise money when you have a large number of students to participate. The students are all aware of Max’s story and love to help. It’s kids helping kids, really!”

More than 200 students took part in the jersey day, with 44 different jerseys on display. Though students were only asked to donate €2 each, many donated more, keen to help reach the necessary targets for Max and his family to enjoy their much-deserved holiday.

“It was an amazing effort by all the students and their families and the total raised was €560,” Paul happily reveals.

The family will set off on the holiday of a lifetime on June 10. Before then, further fundraisers will be held to cover the necessary costs.

A Fawlty Towers fundraising dinner will take place in the Longford Arms Hotel on March 1. Tickets can be purchased directly from Elizabeth Yorke on 087 9280577.

Elizabeth is also looking for women to take part in the women’s marathon in Dublin to fundraise for this amazing initiative.




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