Teen’s proud parents ‘over the moon’ with award

The late Donal Walsh

SIX years after his sad passing, inspirational Kerry teenager Donal Walsh is still making the headlines.

The remarkable young Blennerville teenager, who passed away at the age of 16, after a battle with cancer, was last night named the winner of the Young Humanitarian Award by the Irish Red Cross organisation.

Donal’s parents, Fionnbar and Elma, accepting the award in Dublin

Donal’s proud parents, Fionnbar and Elma, were there to collect the award at a gala black tie ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin and they later declared on social media that they were “absolutely over the moon”.

Donal is remembered as a remarkable suicide awareness campaigner who inspired a foundation that had helped so many young people in so many ways.

The Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation, now run by Fionnbar and Elma, was set up after his passing and it continues to spread his powerful anti-suicide message as well as raising funds for worthy causes.

The Red Cross said Donal touched the hearts of the nation when he came to prominence through his writings and his television appearance. His experience of fighting to live spurred him on to highlight teenage suicide and his anti-suicide message spread far and wide.

The foundation set up in his memory has already raised €500,000 to help develop important facilities and to upgrade the children’s hospital in Crumlin where Donal – a former People of the Year Award winner – was treated.

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