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Gus Murphy, John O’Donovan, Theresa Murphy, and Denis O’Donovan at a ceremony in the Lord Mayor’s chambers, City Hall, to mark €100,000 raised by the recycled toner cartridge appeal. Picture: Ger Bonus
Gus Murphy, John O’Donovan, Theresa Murphy, and Denis O’Donovan at a ceremony in the Lord Mayor’s chambers, City Hall, to mark €100,000 raised by the recycled toner cartridge appeal. Picture: Ger Bonus
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Father and son raise €100,000 for charity in memory of Angela

MORE than €100,000 has been raised for Munster charities since 2011 through an ink cartridge Recycling Appeal run by Blarney man Denis O’Donovan and his son John.

What started as an effort to raise a few thousand euro to say thank you to the staff of St. Therese’s Oncology Ward at the Mercy University Hospital for the wonderful care and attention given to Denis’ wife Angela, has since taken on a life of its own.

Angela was successfully treated at the Mercy for a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Sadly, she passed away in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the wonderful work Denis and John do through the Recycling Appeal. 

Through the appeal, more than one million used printer laser and ink cartridges have been saved from landfill so the benefits are twofold.

Charities that have benefitted include the Mercy Hospital Foundation; the St. Mary’s Dominican Church Renovation Fund; the Kerry Cancer Support Group which runs the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus; Recovery Haven Tralee; Kerry Hospice; and the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital.

A special reception was held in City Hall recently for Denis and a number of the beneficiaries.

What started as an effort to raise a few thousand euro; to say thank you to the staff of St. Therese’s Oncology Ward at the Mercy University Hospital for the wonderful care and attention given to Denis O’Donovan’s wife Angela after she was successfully treated there for a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma; over the next five years took on a life of its own, and to date over €100,000 has been raised for a number of Munster charities close to the heart of the O’Donovan family from Blarney, Co. Cork, through their Recycling Appeal.

Sadly, Angela passed away in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the wonderful work Denis and his son John do through the Recycling Appeal which has been in operation since mid-2011. Through the appeal over one million used printer laser and ink cartridges have been saved from landfill, so the benefits are twofold.

The campaign is run in conjunction with HP and the simple, yet very effective initiative sees Denis and John deliver boxes to registered companies around Munster, who fill them with empty cartridges, which are then collected free of charge by the duo.

To date, over €66,000 has been raised for the Mercy Cancer Appeal, with funds specifically going toward the building of the Mercy Cancer CARE Centre. The Mercy Hospital Foundation is building this specialised Cancer CARE Centre next to the Hospital to provide a quiet, safe place for patients and families to help them deal with their cancer diagnosis or to receive ongoing support during their cancer journey through one-to-one support, peer-group sessions and bereavement counselling in a nonclinical and relaxed environment.

There are a number of other beneficiaries of the scheme, with Denis also lending his support to the tune of over €30,000 to the St. Mary’s Dominican Church Renovation Fund; the Kerry Cancer Support Group which runs the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus; Recovery Haven Tralee; Kerry Hospice; South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital.

The announcement that the Recycling Appeal has raised over€100,000 was made at a special reception in The Lord Mayor’s office at City Hall Cork on April 4th. In attendance were members from the O’Donovan family; Les O’Reilly from HP; some of the registered companies including Veolia and Novartis; Chief Superintendent at An Garda Síochána, Barry McPolin; and some of the beneficiaries including representatives from the Mercy Hospital Foundation; South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital; and Fr Gerard, Prior of St. Mary’s Dominican Church.