Chloe: UCC, two jobs and a Red Cross carer of the year

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A third-level stu­dent has been hon­oured by an Ir­ish Red Cross branch in West Cork as its carer of the year.

Pol­ish-born Paulina Karcz was the re­cip­i­ent of the 2018 Chloe Burke Carer of the Year, es­tab­lished by the Clon­akilty branch in me­mory of a young col­league who died sud­denly three years ago.

Paulina, who is orig­i­nally from Poland, moved to Clon­akilty 12 years ago with her fam­ily to set up a new life.

How­ever, tragedy struck the fam­ily in 2016 when her dad passed away sud­denly.

The lives of Paulina, along with her mother Monika and sis­ter Wik­to­ria, were turned up­side down as her dad was the sole carer for his wife.

Paulina, 18 at the time and in her Leav­ing Cert year, took on the role of car­ing for her mother who is con­fined to a wheelchair, along with help from her sis­ter. Now aged 21, she bal­ances a very hec­tic life­style.

In her third year at Univer­sity Col­lege Cork, where she is study­ing bio­chem­istry, she is also hold­ing down two part­time jobs and con­tin­ues to look af­ter her fam­ily daily.

Paulina’s friends, who nom­i­nated her for the Chloe Burke Carer of the Year Award, de­scribed her as a lov­ing and car­ing young woman who touches the hearts of all who are lucky enough to know her and who puts the needs of her fam­ily and loved ones to the fore of her life.

The Chloe Burke Carer of the Year Award was es­tab­lished by the Clon­akilty branch of the Ir­ish Red Cross in me­mory of their col­league who died sud­denly, aged 26, in 2015.

An emer­gency re­spon­der with the branch, Chloe had been an ac­tive mem­ber in pro­mot­ing teenage events and had also been, at the time, leader of Clon­akilty Foróige Club for 13 years.

Mean­while, also hon­oured in the branch’s 2018 awards, at a cer­e­mony in Dun­more House Ho­tel in Clon­akilty re­cently, as short­listed award re­cip­i­ents, were: Mar­tin Collins Dun­more, Clon­akilty, who was nom­i­nated for the care he gives to his aunt, and a l s o B e r n a d e t t e D e we y Wal­she who was also short­listed for the over­all award. Ber­nadette was nom­i­nated for car­ing for both her par­ents while also in­volved in many vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Pic­tures: Jonathan Tyner

Car­ers recog­nised by the Clon­akilty Red Cross. Pic­tured, back, Pádraig O’Reilly branch sec­re­tary; John Joe Lyons, Area Di­rec­tor of Units; Mary Burke, chair­per­son; with branch of­fi­cers Danielle Cul­li­nane, Johnny O’Reilly and Tim Kelleher. Front: Mar­tin Collins, Paulina Karcz (over­all win­ner) and Ber­nadette Dewey-Wal­she. Right: Paulina with her mum Monkia and sis­ter Wik­to­ria.

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