One musician has begun a national campaign as he travels the length and breadth of the island of Ireland in the space of seven days.
Thirty two gigs are taking place over the course of one week all in the name of a very special cause. Jarrah Folkman is a happy, bright and loving five year old boy from Cootehill, Co. Cavan who was born in 2011 with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, CVI Blindness and Refractory Epilepsy.
Jarrah’s father Ben, through his love and passion for music launched ‘Jammin for Jarrah’ as the primary fundraiser for Jarrah’s cause. Ben and six friends will embark on an epic musical journey on Sunday the 19th of June around the 32 Counties of Ireland playing 32 gigs in just 7 days, aiming to play in one social club or popular spot in every county on the island of Ireland.
Having a child with severe neurological and physical limitations has been extremely challenging for the family but now that Jarrah is getting older it’s becoming an even bigger task. As Jarrah grows his parents will struggle to safely lift him into the car seats, the bath and up the stairs. Having the correct equipment is crucial for Jarrah, it would provide him with comfort and opportunities to live a full life.
It is set to be a busking bonanza of singsongs, guitars, and even some cowboy hats. Local musicians in every county are invited to join the lads for a jam this Thursday. Jarrah will stay at home with his loving mammy Elysha and his adoring little sister Aria.
The Grand Final Concert will take place in Errigal Country House Hotel in Cootehill, Co. Cavan at 8pm on the 25th of June. A raffle and auction will take place there with prizes such as a guitar signed by Def Leppard, a Republic of Ireland signed by the Euro 2016 squad, a signed Leinster Jersey, and a signed Manchester Utd programme from Roy Keane’s last ever game. Tickets are €20.00.
Ben Folkman told The Clare Herald “Jarrah has the whole town rallying together and it looks like he’s now set to inspire the country. That’s why we’re setting out on this mission, to spread awareness, and to also raise much needed funds so Jarrah can get the supports he needs and deserves.
“He’s growing bigger fast and often has to be carried. He needs special equipment and funds raised will go directly towards that. This initiative is also a celebration of his life and his courageous spirit. He’s just such a beautiful young boy, I’d do anything for him. He deserves a decent life like any of us”.
O’Connell Street in Ennis beside Dunnes Stores will welcome Jammin For Jarrah this Thursday. To find out more or to donate click here.