The Volunteer Ireland Awards – A Sligo Nominee


Recently I volunteered to take a photo of a volunteer! The lovely Monica volunteers for the Donal Parsons Trust.

The Donal Parson Trust was set up to raise funds for treatment in the USA for seven-year-old Donal. Donal lives in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. Monica McElhinney has volunteered tirelessly on Donal’s behalf since he was first diagnosed with cancer. She has helped plan, organise and energise each and every event that has benefitted the trust. She has responsibility for sponsorship for all fundraising events. On top of this she recently ran two marathons to raise funds for the Trust. So far the Trust has raised over €175, 00 and Monica has been responsible for generating much of this.

Monica is one of the 30 volunteers, from all over the country, shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland awards. The awards will take place in Dublin this Thursday 4th of December and I wish Monica the very best of luck.

Shane Filan

Shane Filan is doing his bit to support the Donal Parsons Trust by performing a Night for Donal, this Friday December 5th at the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo. Tickets are still for sale and you can find out how to get them here.


If you would like to follow in Monica’s footsteps the Donal Parsons Trust are still looking for volunteers to help run the book stall at the Strandhill Market on Sundays. They would also love to hear from a face painter to volunteer in Santa’s Grotto. If you can help or would like to find out more you can visit the Sligo Volunteer Centre website.


About magnumlady

Photographer, blogger, hooked on social media. Based in Sligo, Ireland. Passionate about Ireland and always looking for the next adventure.

3 Responses

  1. Well done, Monica – I see and admire and am so very inspired by all your dedication each Sunday at the Strandhill People’s Market, on behalf of Donal and his family.

    I wish you the very best for tonight, Monica.

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