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Tag-rugby fundraiser raises over €16k for Berkeley survivor

Aoife Beary is in a rehabilitation centre in the US.

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FRIENDS OF AOIFE Beary, one of the survivors of the Berkeley tragedy, have pulled together and raised over €16,000.

Yesterday a charity tag-rugby game was held at Donnybrook Stadium where hundreds attended.

The US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley was also in attendance.

Aoife Beary, who awoke from her coma this month, is just one of the survivors of the tragic balcony collapse in Berkeley in the US.

She had been put into an induced coma after being seriously injured when a balcony collapsed during her 21st birthday party in Berkeley, killing six young people: Niccolai Schuster, Lorcán Miller, Eimear Walsh, Eoghan Culligan and cousins Olivia Burke and Ashely Donohoe.

They had been visiting San Francisco on a J1 when the tragedy occurred.

Rehabilitation 

She has undergone heart surgery and has been moved to a rehab centre where her friends Hannah Waters and Clodagh Cogley are also undergoing rehabilitaion.

A post on the Friends of Aoife Beary Facebook page states:

Yesterday’s Aoife Beary Funraiser was a massive success with over €16,000 raised. A huge thanks to everyone who gave their time and resources to make the event such a great day for all. A big thanks to all the teams who participated and for the spectators who came to cheer them on. 

Earlier this week a fundraiser concert was held at the Academy in Dublin.

Nicky Byrne was MC on the night with performances from Kodaline, Jape, Vann Music, The Fontaines, James Murphy and The Dublin Gospel Choir.

A dedicated gofundme.com page has managed to raise close to €10,000, meanwhile organisers of the concert raised €18,000 ahead of the gig.

Other fundraisers for the families and victims of the tragedy have managed to raise other funds, with the Irish J1 Berkeley Tragedy Fund raising over a quarter of a million euro so far.

Read: Last night’s concert for the Berkeley survivors was packed out… Here’s how it went>

Read: ‘She has good and bad days’ – Berkeley victim’s cousin says she faces long road to recovery>

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