The Creeslough Community Support Fund has now reached €806,344 in just 72 hours.
The Irish Red Cross set up the special support fund to help the local community following Friday’s tragedy at the Applegreen petrol station in the village.
Applegreen, which has nearly 200 locations in Ireland, has been promoting online donations to the fund in all its stores and made an initial donation of €50,000 on Monday.
The fund is backed by An Post and Applegreen, both partners of the local retailer operating at the site of the blast.
The Irish Red Cross has a dedicated website for members of the public to make donations online, which will go online later today.
The Community Support Fund will work to help those who are bereaved, injured, homeless, or without income as a result of the tragedy.
Irish Red Cross fundraiser director Charlie Lamson said the whole country was “shocked and saddened” by what happened in Creeslough.
“We truly appreciate the support of everyone who is helping to advance this funding effort for the community of Creeslough, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have been so tragically affected by the disaster,” he said.
“The overwhelming public support for Creeslough has shown once again that the Irish public is incredibly generous when asked to do so.
“As a next step, we will be working with the local community in Creeslough to coordinate the allocation of this support to the people who need it.”
Irish Red Cross volunteers have also made themselves available to provide assistance in Creeslough if needed.
The charity will work with the local community to ensure money raised for the new fund is used effectively to support those affected in the weeks and months to come.
An Post accepts donations to the Creeslough Community Support Fund at all of its 920 post offices across the country.
Donations can be made in cash or by debit card and there is no fee for donations.
Applegreen’s founder and chief executive said the company has been “inundated” with offers of support from customers, suppliers, other retailers and people across Ireland and beyond.
Joe Barrett said: “We are deeply saddened by the Creeslough tragedy and the devastation it has caused to our local partner and their community.
“We are very grateful to everyone who has expressed solidarity. We will be working with the Irish Red Cross to facilitate donations to the Creeslough Community Support Fund across our branch network.
“The whole of Ireland was touched by what happened in Creeslough and I think people want to help in any way they can. We will continue to support our local partners in Creeslough in the coming days and months.”
An Post’s head of communications, Anna McHugh, said people across the country wanted to show their support for the people of Creeslough.
“One Post helps make it easy for anyone to support the provision of practical services by making a secure, direct donation to this Irish Red Cross Community Support Fund at any post office across the country,” she said.
Meanwhile, a Go Fund Me set up by a local living in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday has reached €408,065.
Gerard McFadden set an initial goal of €20,000 and said he would like to raise as much money as possible to help victims’ families and the wider community.
Sharing a message on the donations page, he said: “Hi, my name is Gerard McFadden residing in Brisbane, Australia.
“I woke up this morning to the devastating news that an explosion at the Applegreen garage in my home town of Creeslough Co. Donegal, Ireland has claimed several lives and injured.
“I want to raise as much money as possible to help the families of the deceased and injured during these challenging times. Thoughts and prayers are with the families and the whole community. Rest in peace for the lives lost.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/irish-red-cross-support-fund-for-creeslough-community-set-to-hit-1m-42053890.html The Irish Red Cross Community Support Fund for Creeslough is set to reach €1million