The head of a tupperware empire has donated €1,000 to the charities for which tragic swimmer Páraic Casey was raising money.
The Passage West swimmer died just a kilometre from the French coast while swimming the English channel in the early hours of Sunday, July 22.
The 45-year-old was cremated on Saturday after requiem Mass in Douglas. His wife, Riana Parsons, was travelling in a support boat alongside Páraic when he became unwell in the water 15 hours after starting his swim. He has raised more than 12,000 for Marymount Hospice and the Society of St Vincent de Paul through the swim. Yesterday, the chief executive of Tupperware Brands Corporation, Rick Goings, donated €1,000 to the charities in Páraic’s memory, through www.mycharity.ie.
In a message left on the board, Mr Goings wrote: “The day before your tragic loss one of our Tupperware execs nearly died on his channel swim.”
Tupperware is one of the most recognisable brand names in the world and the company produces storage containers for food.
The donation is the largest made to the charities in memory of the popular swimmer, who was also a member of the Cork Symphony Orchestra.
Donations have poured in from all over Ireland, the rest of Europe, and from as far as Australia.
They have come from friends and colleagues, as well as from people who never knew him but became aware of his swim as a result of coverage of his death.