MOLLY AND OLLIE ARRIVED IN AN ICE-CREAM VAN TO GIVE OUT FREE ICE-CREAM TO ALL THE CHILDREN OF GAELSCOIL DARA THIS MORNING, FOLLOWING A PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FOR THEM TO WIN A RADIO COMPETITION ON THE MOLLY IN THE MORNING BREAKFAST SHOW ON GALWAY BAY FM
Neil Molloy and Ollie Turner and the crew from the Molly in the Morning Show headed to Gaelscoil Dara School in Galway today in an ice-cream van to give out ice-creams to all the children.
A competition on the Molly in the Morning Breakfast Show in association with Americano Ice-cream in Oranmore ran on Wednesday 1st June. Listeners were asked to text, email or comment on the Facebook page nominating their National school to be chosen for an ice-cream van to come on Thursday breaktime to give out ice-creams from the Molly in The Morning crew.
Although the show expected ice-cream and sunshine to be a winning combination, what they were not expecting was a listener driven campaign on their Facebook page. GBFM listener Caroline Ni Griallais commented on Facebook : “I did nominate my own kids school however another idea would be.. I’m not sure what school she went to but if anyone deserves this it’s the pupils of the school where Grace from saving grace attended school. … losing a friend at any age is hard but particularly hard for children. … so I know an ice cream isn’t a lot but might bring a little smile to their faces. . Just an idea”.
Hundreds of people liked and shared the post and comments overwhelmingly supported the idea of sending the van to Grace’s school. Hundreds of texts and emails from listeners also asked for the school of the late Grace Kenneally who died at home on Monday evening after a long-term fight with cancer to be selected to win.
Ten year old Grace, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was very young and had a recurring tumour in her abdomen which made surgery very difficult. She was the youngest member of the Something to Sing About choir in University College Hospital, Galway, and was an inspiration to many with how she faced the challenges of her illness and treatment, which was funded in part by a fundraising campaign set up by her mother Ethna and her Aunt Katherine.
The Saving Grace Facebook page carried the tribute- she was “Forever ten, forever loved, forever in our hearts”.
She will be buried at Bohermore cemetery on Friday which would have been her eleventh birthday following a humanist service on Thursday evening in Conneely’s funeral home, Galway.