On, Saturday May 2, Eloise McDonnell, who is just eight years old, had planned to make her First Holy Communion.
To mark this day, Eloise, whilst maintaining social distancing and observing all guidelines, plans to walk/run/jog a 10K in Kilmovee in her sister's communion dress. Accompanied by her sister Lucia, she hopes to raise money for Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
Last year Eloise participated in her first Kilmovee 5K. Sadly this year, the annual 10K and 5K which help raise vital funds for Mayo Roscommon Hospice, could not go ahead.
Eloise’s Dad Michael passed away from a brain tumour when Eloise was seven months old. Each year since, the girls have presented the Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield at the annual 10K. This year, on what was hoped to be a very special day, Eloise hopes that with your help, she will make her own presentation to Mayo Roscommon Hospice in memory of her great Dad Michael.
Eloise means strength and Lucia means light. The family says they hope to bring some strength and light to those who need it and will be forever grateful for the kindness and compassion shown to their family in 2012.
You can make a donation to Eloise's fundraising drive at https://www.gofundme.com/f/eloises-first-10k-in-communion-dress?pc=fb_co_campmgmt_w&rcid=r01-158807747324-d8bc9e1dd5d746a9&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_lico%2Bshare-sheet