A DUBLIN father has said he hopes his late brother is “proud” of him as he hopes to raffle his stunning apartment to raise funds for care charities mental health.
Keith Mooney hopes to not only raise money for eight different charities, but also help one lucky winner get a fortune.
Keith’s brother, Stuart, passed away a few years ago after struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
Now, Keith is scavenging his beautiful Lucan apartment to raise money for Pieta House, Turn The Tide of Suicide, ALONE, Asiam.ie, Aware, Carmha Ireland, Shannon’s Hopeline CLG and SOSAD Ireland.
And he said he hopes his late brother was proud of him for the great cause.
He told the Irish Sun: “I think he would be proud, and I hope he will be too.
“Unfortunately, Stuart and I weren’t close growing up or in our teens, we’re very different characters going down different paths in life.”
Keith added: “It was only when I got older and had two boys that I started to understand more of the things he must have struggled with. And I regret not taking the time to be able to. trying to understand that at the time.”
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The father-of-two decided to draw the lottery for his gorgeous Lucan apartment after hearing a story on the radio about a group of sisters raising money in memory of their late mother.
“I though it’s a very novel way to raise money and sell assets,” he said.
And Keith added that while “it’s hard to pick an ideal winner”, he thinks a young family or someone “beginning life” would be very emotional.
He said: “It’s my home to my wife and two boys and would love someone who appreciates it as much as we do.
“Initially if the lottery is successful, we will find somewhere to live with Clondalkin, Lucan, Leixlip area to be close to family.
“The long-term is establishing a small farm and refuge for people and families with addiction and mental health issues.”
This beautiful 1,500 square foot home has three large double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room and kitchen, as well as two balconies.
And the Mooney family are also hoping to raise €100,000 for the eight mental health charities they have chosen.
Keith explains: “So there’s a maximum of 45,000 tickets and it’s managed by Raffall, a UK company.
“So they handle all the payments and the admin side and they facilitate the purchase of physical tickets and the lottery from their website. Tickets cost £15 or €18.”
About 10,000 tickets have been sold to date and more information on the cause can be found on Keith’s Facebook page.
The Dublin father noted that although people were initially apprehensive about the lottery, the overall response has been overwhelmingly positive.
He told us: “The response has been amazing so a lot of people feel the good positive messages of support and there have been really good positive vibes around it.
“Some people were apprehensive at first, but when they consider what we’re trying to do and how open and visible we are on social media, they come quickly.”
The Lottery ends at 9pm on February 22nd and one lucky player will leave with a new and fully furnished apartment, as well as a whopping 10,000€ to “spend as you like”.
https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8232719/man-raffling-home-incredible-gesture-mental-health-charities/ I hope my late brother is proud of me, a man hustling home in an incredible gesture to help mental health charities