A massive fund raising campaign is underway to help the Gill family meeting the significant costs of treatment for their daughter, Lindsey, who was seriously injured in an accident which took the life of her sister, Kalie, just a month ago.
The Gill family had just returned to New York after spending the last eight years in Fenagh, south Leitrim when tragedy struck at a church carnival in Yonkers on October 11.
15-year-old Kalie died in the accident and her younger sister, Lindsey (12) was hospitalised with critical injuries.
Lindsey is now expected to make a full recovery but the process will be extremely slow and the local community has rallied behind the Gill family, parents Damien and Karen, older sister Jamie and Lindsey, to help them in meeting the significant medical bills which have arisen as a result of the accident.
A two part fundraiser has been organised in New York with a benefit concert on Friday, December 13 in the St Barnabas High School Chapel - the school where Kalie was a student.
A second fund raiser with live entertainment, raffles and auctions has been organised in Rory Dolan’s Bar and Restaurant in Yonkers for Sunday, December 15.
Kalie’s classmates at St. Barnabas High School have been selling brooches made of pearls and beads to raise money for the fund.
They are also selling purple bracelets, as the colour was Kalie’s favourite, while the East Yonkers Boys and Girls Club has already raised over US$2,000 for the family by selling bracelets.
Donations are also being accepted from those who cannot attend the fund raisers but who would like to show their support for the Gill family at this terrible time.
Cheques can be made payable and mailed to the Gill Family Fund, c/o 961 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704, USA.
Those with access to the internet can also make a donation through www.youcaring.com/kaliegillbenefit
Locally here in Co Leitrim the extended Gill and Conefrey families have organised memorial services to mark the month’s mind of Kalie’s passing, recalling the life of a beautiful and kind young girl who was loyal and loving.
At Kalie’s funeral just a few short weeks ago, her family distributed a special card bearing a smiling image of the beautiful young 15-year-old and the poignant message:
“A beautiful life that came to an end, she died as she lived, everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept of one we loved, and will never forget.”