Busk­ing event in aid of spe­cial lit­tle boy Jar­rah

Bray People - - NEWS -

STREET en­ter­tain­ment of­ten bright­ens up a per­son’s day but one busk­ing act per­form­ing this Fri­day could be pos­i­tively life-chang­ing.

A Co Ca­van fa­ther, who is em­bark­ing on a seven-day, 32-gig tour of Ire­land in aid of his lit­tle boy, will be bring­ing his fundrais­ing cam­paign to Grey­stones this Fri­day, June 24.

‘Jam­min for Jar­rah’ is in aid of a spe­cial lit­tle boy called Jar­rah Folk­man. A happy, bright and lov­ing fiveyear-old boy from Coote­hill in Co Ca­van, Jar­rah was born with Quadriplegic Cere­bral Palsy, CVI Blind­ness and Re­frac­tory Epilepsy.

Hav­ing a child with se­vere neu­ro­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions has been ex­tremely chal­leng­ing for the fam­ily but now that Jar­rah is get­ting older it’s be­com­ing more of a chal­lenge.

As Jar­rah grows his par­ents will strug­gle to safely lift him into the car seats, the bath and up the stairs – ev­ery­day tasks that most par­ents take for granted. Hav­ing the cor­rect equip­ment is cru­cial for Jar­rah, it would pro­vide him with com­fort and op­por­tu­ni­ties to live a full life.

To that end, Jar­rah’s fa­ther Ben has launched ‘Jam­min for Jar­rah’, an epic busk­ing bo­nanza that will see Ben and six friends travel the length and breadth of Ire­land to per­form 32 gigs in just seven days. The cam­paign be­gan in Co Louth last Sun­day, June 19, and will fin­ish up back in Coote­hill this Satur­day.

‘Jar­rah has the whole town ral­ly­ing to­gether and it looks like he’s now set to in­spire the coun­try,’ said Ben. ‘ That’s why we’re set­ting out on this mis­sion, to spread aware­ness, and to also raise much-needed funds so Jar­rah can get the sup­ports he needs and de­serves. He’s grow­ing big­ger fast and of­ten has to be car­ried. He needs spe­cial equip­ment and funds raised will go di­rectly to­wards that. This ini­tia­tive is also a cel­e­bra­tion of his life and his coura­geous spirit. He’s just such a beau­ti­ful young boy, I’d do any­thing for him. He de­serves a de­cent life like any of us.’ Lo­cal mu­si­cians are in­vited to join the lads for a jam this com­ing Fri­day, June 24, at the Meridian Point Shop­ping Cen­tre in Grey­stones. It will be the sec­ond-last day of the tour, and the gang’s third county of the day.

Fol­low their progress, find out more or do­nate on­line at www.32gigs.com and on Face­book ‘Jam­min for Jar­rah’.

Jar­rah Folk­man (5), whose dad and his friends are em­bark­ing on the ‘Jam­min for Jar­rah’ cam­paign.

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