Help Ray Flavin & His Kids
€84,100 of €120,000 goal
Update Friday April 7th, in light of recent comments and how well the campaign has gone we have decided to raise the amount to the value of Ray's morgage. Ray and his family are blown away by the generosity that has been show over the last 48 hours and cannot thank the world enough. Whether we achieve this new goal is immaterial as the joy and comfort that has been given to Ray and his family by what has been raised thus far is priceless. He cannot thank people enough for what they have done for him and his family.
These Funds will be used to engage the banks and pay off whatever arrears and principle which has been determined to be due after an examination of his accounts by a 3rd party representative.
This campaign was setup by two of Ray's Friends Niall McMahon and Brian Fouhy.
As somebody who has seen all around her, the truly devastating effects that the recession has had on hundreds and thousands of families in this great little country of ours. I respectfully disagree with your comment, Amy . I don't know Ray's family very well, but I do know how hard he has always worked for a living. I do know the smile he always has for the residents he collects from our nursing home each day despite his own personal tragedy, I know the compassion he has always shown to people who were less able than him. I also am very certain that this tragedy could have happened to any of us, and people like Ray would not put a limit on the help they were willing to give. So I say lets keep going, lets break the glass ceiling, and lets eradicate the entire mortgage debt and raise enough to enable this family to finally focus on getting each other through their horrendous grief rather than worrying about an organisation that was complicit in reigning fear and insecurity on the men women and children of this country.
I think it is perfectly acceptable to keep increasing the goal. It indicates to people that help is still welcome. I'm not so sure people would continue to donate if they felt that the goal had been met multiple of times over. Like others, I too would clear this man's mortgage in a heartbeat if I had the means to do so. I'd also give him a nest egg so that he could take some time to support and care for his children. I'm so proud of my compatriots for giving so generosly and for showing Ray and his family that he is not alone.
Hi all, Brian Fouhy here who setup the campaign. Firstly I'd like to say we're absolutely blown away with the amazing donations that everyone has made. When we setup this fundraiser our true goal was to ensure that Ray and his kids would be guaranteed a home. Yesterday we could only have dreamed to make Ray and his family mortgage free but today this is a reality. Our goal was always a moving target and we will strive to make this happen. When we originally setup this campaign we felt it would be too ambitious to set the gold at a figure that would clear Ray's debt but each and everytime we exceed our goal we set ourselves a new one. We appologies if this comes accross as confusing or can be considered greedy but we can assure everyone that all the funds that have been raided will be needed to clear his debts once the mess with the banks has been dealt with. Thank you again for all your help, Brian, Niall and the Flavin family.
€1,000,000 would not compensate this young family for the hurt and pain, insult and injury that has been dealt them. I should only hope that all of you with your judgement hats on, should never have to suffer the death if a koved one in your 30's, the loss of of your Mother as a toddler, and the loss of your health and dignity as a young man and father. I believe if the fighting irish spirit this man has displayed in the face of adversity is in the rest of us, we should shout from the roof tops and take back what is ours. If I had a million to spare I would give to this cause and I dont think anyone should be worried about amount being increased. Count your blessings you have little to be concerned about and direct your frustration to the government when the taxes are increased again. See how that goes. Good luck Ray, you deserve to be comfortable for life, and its a joy to see that the public want this for you too. Restores my faith in humanity xxx
Raise an empty glass for Ray!! I donated the price of a take-away meal for one evening... seems small, but every donation helps. This chap is representing himself in court, he was almost paralysed/killed, he lost his wife, the bank is taking him to the cleaners... he needs to keep his home, his kids need him, and €5 won't kill you - one less pint this week, or glass of 'vino'. Raise an empty glass for Ray, and send him the price of that drink! :-)
Amy, you've made your point and donation. If you're donating to a Go Fund Me page, you do it and leave it at that. At least that's what I do! If you have an issue with it, don't donate! Simple as. Best of luck to this man & his children. I hope he exceeds the mortgage & more.
I also think it's fine to keep increasing the target. If we had raised €20k and it was enough too pay off his arrears, we would have been delighted... If we raise €60 or €70k and he can put money by for his kid's education or against future illness, all the better. And if we raise the price of his mortgage and he gets to pay off the bank, his legal fees and all the associated costs, then that'd be simply amazing. Particularly when so many of the donations are small - I know my own was. But this demonstrates the wonderful thing that is people power - when we stand together, we are amazing! I don't know Ray or his family and friends, but by what I read about him, sounds like he's had enough shit piled on for one lifetime. Let's keep going and make a real change in his life and the life of his kids :)
I have been checking all day on the how much has been raised and I am so proud of the Irish! We are a great nation when we feel an injustice has been done. I am delighted the "goal" has been extended as ideally this family needs their mortgage to be cleared.
I'm not sure which makes me more sad , Rays story or the way the banks are allowed to carry out their business with people temporarily down on one knee. They government put them on one of those elastic dog leashes and they have gone straight to the sewers. Your children will read about your story in twenty years Ray and they'll smile, knowing their Dad won a war with the bank. Very best of luck to you all , Ps: you have great friends.
Ken Mc Kenna it can take up to 5 years to process any claims from insurance so this is not unusual. Public liability insurance would only cover accidents to the public or users of the bus. I'm sure the company was probably covered by insurance but in order to claim he would have to sue his own Father which maybe he wasn't keen to do as it might have rendered his Dad bankrupt.
Please stop changing the amount your looking for to be donated, I donated yesterday then a few hrs later you changed the amount , same again when I checked this morning and now again this afternoon, your original plee was 10k it's just looking a bit mean the more you change it, leave the price as is and if people want to keep donating then they still will but you've quadrupled what you were originally asking for yesterday.