The family of Sixmilebridge teenager Aoife Sage, who are currently fundraising for life-saving neurosurgery, are very grateful for the ongoing support they have received from the communities of Shannon, Sixmilebridge and Newmarket on Fergus.
Aoife’s mum Susan said, “We are absolutely blessed that people have got behind us the way they have. It’s incredible the goodness of people.” Susan is now beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and recalls that “I honestly didn’t think we could achieve our target. But I firmly believe that now we will.”
Susan is disappointed but not surprised that Health Minister Simon Harris still hasn’t met with the family despite a public promise in Dáil Éireann.
She said, “We have never had State support for any of the journeys we have taken with Aoife to access healthcare, so why would that change now?
“In our society, it’s just criminal when it is the most vulnerable and the innocent that are the ones abandoned by the State. I don’t wish to allow the negatively of that to weigh us down however, we must stay positive for Aoife’s sake.”
Aoife herself has been overwhelmed by the amount of goodwill shown. She can’t believe that so many people would come together to support her, it really has given her such a lift.
Susan adds, “We recently had a walk of hope for Aoife which was led by Davy Fitz and James Sexton of Ireland’s Fittest Family and we had a fantastic turnout.
“This was on the morning of the match between Wexford and Clare. We were amazed that under such pressure, time was given so selflessly to our family. They even came to our house to visit Aoife which meant so much to her and to us.”
The Aoife Sage Gofundme page currently stands at €70,565 with more events planned including another 80s night on Saturday 15th September in Treacys Oakwood Hotel, Shannon.