Over €200,000 has been raised by the Cadden family in Mullahoran for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.
An appreciation night in memory of the late Martin Cadden took place at the Piker’s Lodge in Loch Gowna on Friday, August 21 last, and a cheque for €207,000 was handed over to Colin and Eithne Bell on the night.
The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust was responsible for bringing the late Mr Cadden’s remains home from New Zealand back in January after the 22-year-old from Middletown, Loughduff died when his car left the road and hit a tree in the town of Leeston, Canterbury.
Mr Cadden had just celebrated his birthday the previous Sunday and had been working as a farmer having completed an agricultural course at Ballyhaise College in Co Cavan.
He had been living in the Southbridge area, near Christchurch, since 2013 and worked for Ellesmere Agricultural Ltd.
The appreciation night and the proceeds were the culmination of months of fundraising, not just locally but nationally and internationally as well.
Martin’s mother Ann said the appreciation night provided a wonderful opportunity to remember her son whom she added, “was tractor-mad from a young age”.
“We held a tractor run on April 18; it was a massive success with 538 tractors taking part and for us it was a wonderful tribute to our loving son, brother and best friend,” she added.
“It gave us a great indication of the high esteem in which Martin was held.
“Martin was tractor-mad from a very young age and it was a wonderful tribute to him.”
Ann also went on to pay tribute to all those who got involved in the fundraising efforts, which began as far back as last March.
“So many organisations did fundraising for us in memory of Martin: it was done locally, throughout Ireland and through Martin’s friends who live overseas,” Ann continued.
“We received so much support from everyone and The Kevin Bell Trust is a wonderful organisation that brought out son home to us.
“It meant that we had no stress financially or emotionally and that was so helpful to us during our darkest days.”
There was a huge crowd in attendance on the night and the Bells paid tribute to all those involved.