Robbed - Deaf Group and Interpreter

€570 of €3,500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 11 months
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Hi, my name is Connor Nourse. I have set up this gofundme with my Mother's college and friend Cormac Leonard.

My mother is Catherine White, a sign language interpreter who often does work for the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. My mother is a fantastic, energetic and inspiring woman. She has been a pioneer in establishing and running services for Deaf people in Kerry, the rest of Ireland, the UK and New Zealand. She is a daughter of Deaf parents and a cousin and niece of an extended Deaf family. She has served as a mentor, colleague and friend of Cormac and many other dedicated people around the country. Early last year, me and my mom returned to Kerry from the UK determined to live near family and friends again, and to assist the Kerry Deaf community and KDRC centre.

But on Thursday 21st April in Kerry, my mother, and three close friends, were the victim of callous thieves.

Catherine had performed sign language interpreting during the 1916 Banna Strand Commemoration State visit, and interpreted for Michael D Higgins, making his words visible and accessible for the local Deaf community. It was a proud moment for Kerry.

When my mother was visited by an American friend, Steve Walker, later that week, she made a return visit to Banna Strand on Thursday 27th April between 4.30 and 5 pm. My mother, with two other Deaf friends, wanted to show their Deaf visitor where the historic event had taken place.

They placed four bags into the boot of their car, which contained a substantial amount of cash, bank cards and shopping. In amongst the bags, Steve had his American passport, along with his Irish Flag covered iPad. He had also purchased a substantial amount of Irish products to bring back to his wife and family.

When they returned to the car, the boot was broken into, and all the cash, bank cards and shopping were gone.

The amount taken combined is substantial, going into thousands of Euros, but cannot be claimed back through insurance. The thieves later tried to withdraw money from the bank card accounts. After eight attempts, they succeeded in taking additional monies out of my mother's account.


This robbery of property and money belonging to my mother and her Deaf friends has shocked and devastated us. It has placed them in considerable financial hardship. This was a cowardly and cruel hearted robbery which has deeply affected the Kerry Deaf community and especially myself and mother.


The amount we are trying to raise is less then the accountable losses. But with your help we can do something to help. This campaign has been set up to at least alleviate some of the financial difficulties they have been facing.

Two of those affected, my mom and her friend Steve Walker, have given us their permission to use their names. The other two Deaf victims wish to remain anonymous

For More information on the Robbery, click the links below 
http://www.radiokerry.ie/news/thieves-target-car-of-sign-language-interpreter-from-kerry-state-commemoration/

http://traleetoday.ie/gardai-look-publics-help-theft-banna/
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€570 of €3,500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 11 months
Created April 29, 2016
CN
LL
€50
Lorraine Leeson
10 months ago
RO
€20
Romy O'Callaghan
10 months ago
€10
Anonymous
11 months ago
MP
€20
Mary Bernadette Power
11 months ago

my heart to you all, hope you are okay now,

€10
Anonymous
11 months ago
€20
Anonymous
11 months ago
JD
€20
John & Mary Duggan
11 months ago
€20
Anonymous
11 months ago
JC
€25
John Cradden
11 months ago

Best of luck

IM
€15
Idalle McGuirk
11 months ago
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