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Swords Man’s Social Media Campaign For Charity

Keith O'NeillPictured is Swords man, Keith O'Neill who is starting up a social media fundraising campaign on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis

A Swords man, whose girlfriend of eight years sadly passed away as a result of Cystic Fibrosis (CF), has embarked upon a social media fundraising campaign to fund research into the deadly disease.
Keith O’Neill, a native of River Valley, but now living in Applewood told the County Leader about the new’fund raising initiative. He said, “My girlfriend. Elaine Galwey suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and she passed away in April of last year at the age of 31 Since then, her family and I have been active with various fundraising activities for CF. Last June, we took part in the ‘Hell and Back’ cross country run outside Bray, which is 12 kilometre obstacle course. I got 40 people to join me and we raised about E12.500.”
“We used that money to donate to Cystic Fibrosis Help Source, which deals with research and it goes towards Elaine’s team that were looking after her at Beaumont, where Professor McElvanney is one of the top experts on CF in Ireland. We donated the money to him and his team,” said Keith.
The great news is that Professor McElvanney has decided to set up a scholarship under Elaine’s name, which has pleased Keith no end. “We didn’t know what they were going to do with the money, but it was brilliant to know that he was setting up this scholarship under her name, “The Elaine Galwey Scholarship.” Keith has decided to continue with the gruelling ‘Hell and Back’ run this year, and Elaine sister, Suzanne came up with this social media campaign, similar to the Ice Bucket challenge, which caught the imagination of people all over the world last year. “It’s called ‘Slurp for CF’ which involves getting a drink, any kind, be it tea. water or beer. The idea is that you take a big loud slurp from your drink and then you nominate as many people to take the slurp and then text Slurp to 50300, which donates E2 to Cystic Fibrosis Hope Source. We’re hoping to raise as much awareness and funds as possible.” said Keith.