A concert is being held for those affected by the Berkeley tragedy and GoFundMe campaigns have been set up.
A terrible tragedy happened within the Irish community in San Francisco on the 16th June 2015 when a balcony collapsed resulting in the deaths of 5 young Irish students and 1 Irish-American student. It also left 7 Irish students with serious injuries, including some that are life-threatening.
Friends are organising a fundraiser to help those affected by the incident. The concert will be held at Academy on the 23rd of July. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and people who are unable to go to the event can donate at a GoFundMe account: http://www.gofundme.com/berkeleyfund
The resilience and determination of Clodagh Cogley, one of the injured students, can be seen on a new facebook funding page where she is sharing her journey of rehabilitation: https://www.facebook.com/clodaghcogleyfund
She also wrote the following message to friends:
"Hey friends, just an update to let you guys know how I'm getting on (slowly catching up with the individual messages I promise!) The fall from the balcony left me with 2 collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, a broken knee, 5 broken ribs and a broken spinal cord... Meaning the chances of me using my legs again are pretty bleak.
Not the best odds but I'm moving to a great rehabilitation centre here in San Francisco for 2 months (it has dog therapy 🐶❤) and intend to give it everything I've got. Who knows maybe legs have been holding me back all these years and I'll realise my talent for wheelchair basketball
The thing I'm taking from this tragedy is that life is short and I intend to honour those who died by living the happiest and most fulfilling life possible. Enjoy a good dance and the feeling of grass beneath your feet like it's the last time because in this crazy world you never know when it might be."
There is also a funding account to help with her costs set up at http://www.gofundme.com/clodaghcogley
This will a long, arduous and expensive journey for those affected and we hope with your help through donations, they will be able to minimise the costs.