Nurse Cara ready to ‘pay it for­ward’

Cara set to swap West Kerry for Kingston on mis­sion to help oth­ers

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DEN­NEHY

‘BE the change you wish to see in the world’ and, in­spired by the fa­mous Gandhi quote, west Kerry nurse Cara Buck­ley is pre­par­ing to fly out to Kingston, Ja­maica with the ‘Mus­tard Seed Ire­land’ char­ity.

Cara – a nurse in the Bon Se­cours Hos­pi­tal who lives in Castle­gre­gory – will spend a week in Kingston where she hopes to use her skills as a qual­i­fied nurse and chef to care for and help bring a smile to faces of aban­doned chil­dren.

“I’ve had it in my head from a very young age to go to an or­phan­age in In­dia or Africa to help out. So when this op­por­tu­nity with Mus­tard Seed Ire­land came up, I knew that I had to get in­volved,” said Cara.

“There is a place there called ‘So­phie’s House’ with aban­doned chil­dren left on the street, chil­dren with HIV, dis­abil­i­ties and even chil­dren, be­tween the ages of 8-12, with cri­sis preg­nan­cies,” she con­tin­ued.

“I’m a very spir­i­tual per­son so I see what I’m do­ing by go­ing over to these kids as ‘pay­ing it for­ward’. I’ve been blessed with

two healthy chil­dren who I’ve raised to teenagers all by my­self and I know how dif­fi­cult it can be to raise two healthy chil­dren.

“I can’t imag­ine what it must be like for these chil­dren aban­doned on the streets with sick­ness, dis­abil­i­ties, no fund­ing, no sup­port or no fam­ily.

So, I just want to go over there, pay it for­ward, give thanks to how lucky I am and just help one child smile and just give them some bit of love,” Cara con­tin­ued.

Cara will use her nurs­ing knowl­edge to care for the ba­bies there and will also bring clothes and toys over for the chil­dren.

“I’m so ex­cited about just mak­ing even the lit­tlest of dif­fer­ences in some­one’s world. I can’t wait to get over there,” she fin­ished.

Not only is Cara hop­ing to in­spire change while in Ja­maica, she is also hop­ing that peo­ple at home, aware of her trip, might be in­spired to help out in a small way too.

She has also thanked her kind-hearted col­leagues at the Bon Se­cours who have been in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous with dona­tions and sup­plies for her Oc­to­ber 20 trip.

Photo by Fer­gus Den­nehy.

Cara Buck­ley, a nurse in the Bon Se­cours in Tralee, will travel to Kingston in Ja­maica later this month.

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