Saturday, April 03, 2021

 The Byrne family from Ballyadams with mum Sandra (RIP)

By Conor Forrest

THE Byrnes from Ballyadams, not far outside Athy, are the people behind a fantastic fundraiser called ‘Move or Groove’.

Move or Groove was created by Timmy (13), who attends Ardscoil na Trionóide. Described by his older sister Audrey (15) as an extremely passionate boy with a big heart, Timmy came up with the idea to fundraise for the Night Nurse Service provided by the Irish Cancer Society as it’s a service that is very close to their hearts.

They’re fundraising for the Night Nursing Service because in 2018 their mum Sandra passed away from cancer after a long and brave battle. Audrey explained that they availed of this amazing service to allow their mum to be with them in the comfort of their home and surrounded by the care and love of her family in those last few weeks. They wanted to show their gratitude to these “amazing” nurses who looked after their mum so well by raising funds to support them and the wonderful work that they do.

Night nurses provide end of life care for cancer patients and their families in their own home. The Night Nursing Service is funded almost entirely by money donated by the public every year, including on Daffodil Day.

Audrey, who attends St Leo’s College in Carlow, told the ***Kildare Nationalist*** that “I’m really proud of Timmy… he came up with the idea himself.” She added that “he took on so many challenges when he was like 11 with my mum passing away… we’re all so proud of him for coming up with the idea.”

Move or Groove is a fun and easy way to keep active over Easter. The concept is simple – decide on an activity that you enjoy doing or would like to try; Audrey gave examples like football, baking, dancing, art, running, making a TikTok, cycling or even a nice walk. After you complete your activity, nominate three friends or family members to Move or Groove too! Post a photo or short video on Instagram or Facebook with a #moveorgroove tag and you can also donate to their GoFundMe campaign.

Audrey noted that it’s for all ages and also said that “you could do whatever you want… you can do baking, paint a picture, football – whatever you want to do.”

Timmy added that “even if you live in an estate or in the town, you can still get out, go for a run or play soccer on your green or whatever.”

Dad Liam (who teaches in Piper’s Hill College in Naas), Timmy and Audrey will be active every day on their Easter holidays. So far they’ve done 4k runs, ice bucket challenges, a River Barrow plunge and croquet in the garden.

Liam remarked that the bottom line is to generate some funds for the Night Nurse Service, which he described as an amazing service.

It’s certainly a fantastic cause and you can donate to the campaign by visiting gofundme.com/f/move-or-groove.

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