Aoife and Jenny generate great support for Mia

Fundraising champs: Jenny McCarthy (left) and her sister-in-law Aoife Murphy who spearhead the Little Steps, Big Futures initiative

TWO caring sisters-in-law from Killarney, who organised a special fundraiser for a young girl living with a rare condition called Chromosome Deletion Syndrome 13q, raised a very impressive €3,391.70 for the Cork University Children’s Charity and Bumbleance: The National Children’s Ambulance Service.

Aoife Murphy and Jenny McCarthy, who both hold BA degrees in Early Years Education, established a gap in the market last year and set up an informative and educational platform for educators, carers, parents and guardians. They share valuable tips and experiences and their expertise can help shape the future for children.

Aoife and Jenny are spearheading the very informative and interactive Little Steps, Big Futures Instagram and Facebook social media sites as well as a popular podcast featuring contributions from guests and professionals in the areas of nutrition, therapies, teaching, business and other topics.

Megan Buckley-Heelan with her little sister Mia

One of their first podcast guests was a young lady named Megan Buckley who spoke about her sister, Mia, who was diagnosed with the Chromosome Deletion Syndrome 13q condition at the age of four.

The response to the episode was so overwhelming that Aoife and Jenny decided to organise the GoFundMe fundraiser to help the chosen charities.

“It was amazing to get to help these two wonderful charities and to share Mia Heelan’s story. Megan Buckley-Heelan and her family were so thrilled to raise awareness about the rare condition,” said Aoife.

In addition, Mia’s school, St Oliver’s National School, raised €300 for Bumbleance and the teachers, staff, pupils and their families all donated.

Megan, Mia and the family are very grateful to all involved and the principal Rory D’Arcy.