By Tamara O'Connell
there’s a pic in mediagrid titled lisa callan fundraiser
A FOUNDATION set up in memory of a young girl and four of her friends who were killed in a horrific crash launched a fundraising concert on Friday last.
The Lisa Callan and Friends Foundation and Seneschalstown GFC hosted a cheese and wine reception in the newly opened Ballymagarvey Village, Kentstown on March 13 to launch their joint fundraising concert.
The Lisa Callan and Friends Foundation was set up by Vincent Callan in memory of his daughter and four of her friends, who were killed in the Navan school bus crash in May 2005.
“Vincent felt the need to turn such deep sorrow into something positive to help others,” said Vincent’s sister, Maura Keenan, from St. Brigid’s Terrace, Dundalk.
It was Maura’s daughter, Nicola, who discovered the plight of the street children in Durban during a cross-border trip to South Africa, run by well-known local mountaineer, Banjo Bannon and his wife, Lauren O’Malley.
While in Durban the group saw at first hand the dreadful conditions the street children are subjected to on a daily basis and wanted to do something about it.
An outdoor concert is also being staged later this year to raise funds. An evening with the Celtic Tenors supported by The Toronto Showband is taking place on Saturday, June 6 at 8pm. All proceeds will go towards Seneschalstown GFC and the Lisa Callan & Friends Foundation for Street Children.