Praise for Longford ‘community spirit and generosity’ as ‘gofundme’ page set up for stabbing victim Vitor Vieira

‘I just want to help in any way I can and everyone in Longford feels the same’ - Maria Phillips

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Praise for Longford ‘community spirit and generosity’ as ‘gofundme’ page set up for stabbing victim Vitor Vieira

A gofundme page has been set up for Vitor Vieira who sustained serious facial lacerations and lost a substantial amount of blood following an attack in Longford town on St Patrick's night.

A ‘gofundme’ page has been established to raise funds to assist with the recovery of Vitor Vieira, the 37-year-old man who was stabbed in Longford town on St Patrick’s night.

Vitor, originally from Portugal, has been living in Longford for 17 years and he remains in a critical but stable condition following the attack in which he received serious facial lacerations and lost a substantial amount of blood.

Maria Phillips, who has known Vitor ‘since the first day he came to Longford’, set up the gofundme page on Thursday (March 23) and she says the response has been amazing and she praised the people of Longford for their community spirit and generosity.

Over €1,800 was raised by Saturday afternoon (March 25) and Maria urged people ‘to keep up the good work’ and to keep sharing Vitor’s gofundme page.

Maria also stressed on the gofundme page, “All money raised will be given direct to Vitor's family. To ensure transparency, I would like to point out that when I withdraw funds I will present Vitor's family with a cheque for funds raised.”

Maria told www.longfordleader.ie that Vitor is ‘ the most generous person going and would help anyone that needed help’.


She continued, “Vitor is one of us, everyone likes him. He wouldn't harm a fly. He's one of the hardest workers I know and was never out of work.”


Maria suggested that it is likely that Vitor will require plastic surgery and will incur hefty medical expenses.

She added, “When he comes home it will break his heart not to be able to work and pay his own bills. Everyone is so upset over what happens to him. I just want to help in any way I can and everyone in Longford feels the same.”


The gofundme page for Vitor Vieira can be found at www.gofundme.com/vitor-vieira

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