THIRD BIRTHDAY: Alexis O’Mahony with her parents Steve and Teresa at her third birthday party and fundraiser for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation in The Dromhall Hotel, Killarney, on Friday last. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

A third birthday party for Alexis O’Mahony on Good Friday raised €5,700 for the Jack and Jill Foundation – but more important raised awareness for the charity, according to her father Stephen.

Alexis suffers from Pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency, a condition that affects her ability to breakdown food to fuel the body, and results in side effects that include Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy.

The party in the Dromhall Hotel doubled as a fundraiser for the charity, which provides a nurse for up to 40 hours for Alexis each month.

The funds raised will go directly towards paying for nurses so other children in Ireland can enjoy the same level of care as Alexis, her father Stephen explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“We raised €5,700, and when you do the breakdown that will pay for 16 hours of care for children like Alexis,” Stephen from Woodlawn said. “We got a lot of media attention on this, so more importantly we raised awareness for the Jack and Jill Foundation.

A lot of people would be able to tell you about the Temple Street Children’s Hospital but not so many people are aware of Jack and Jill.”

Children and adults enjoyed fun activities like face painting, balloon models, yoga, provided by Nave Yoga, baked treats, supplied by The Porterhouse, an Easter egg hunt and a cheerleading demonstration by Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

Members of the Killarney Fire Brigade made a surprise appearance and gave the children a guided tour of a fire engine.

“I was delighted the fire brigade could make it for a while,” added Stephen. “They are very busy this time of the year with gorse fires so a big thank you to them.”


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