A young Termon boy who had his head shaved for charity has earned much admiration and gratitude from his local community.

Dolores and Patrick Lee McGinley

Patrick Lee McGinley from Termon organised a sponsored head shave, raffle and coffee morning in aid of the Irish Kidney Association last December. Patrick Lee, who is 11 years old, arranged the event with the help of his mother Dolores McGinley.

He took on the challenge in honour of his grand auntie, Bridget Duffy, who passed away three years ago due to kidney failure.

It was a proud day for Patrick Lee to present a cheque for €2565 to the Donegal branch of the Irish Kidney Association in the Renal Unit of Letterkenny General Hospital last week.

Patrick Lee’s donation will help the Irish Kidney Association provide support, information, respite and aid for kidney patients and their families. His cheque was accepted by Siobhan and George Bates, Chairperson and PRO of the Donegal branch of the Irish Kidney Association and Geraldine McGrory, CSM of the Dialysis Unit.

Photo: Frank McGettigan

Before and After – Patrick Lee

Photographer Frank McGettigan paid tribute to Patrick’s admirable act of kindness.

“We older citizens are often far too hasty in criticising the young in our communities, especially for their lack of interest and efforts. Maybe it has always been the way, yet if we take time look around us and see how many of them are involved in their communities, not only in representing their sports clubs, schools and parishes, but in important charity events like this, it may well open our eyes to how many wonderful, hardworking and excellent young people bless our lives with their kindness every day,” Mr McGettigan said.

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