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Crossmaglen haulage firm heads up charity fundraiser for Sophia

 by Diarmúid Pepper

Later this month, Crossmagen-based haulage firm KMC Transport is hosting a fundraising fun-day in aid of Dundalk toddler Sophia Griffin.

Three-year-old Sophia was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and PVL Brain Injury at the age of 2 and as a result, she struggles with her mobility and walking.  She has had to undergo various therapies and requires a lot of support on a daily basis. 

The disease affects Sophia’s mobility and will worsen as she ages, which would result in her becoming wheel chair bound.  However, her family is holding out hope and are fundraising towards a life changing surgery in the USA.  This vital surgery will cost €100,000. 

Having been moved by Sophia’s story, local man Kevin McCreesh, proprietor of KMC Transport was moved to action.

He revealed: “I heard about her plight. I have children of my own, and it just touched my heart and I reached out to them to see how I could help.”

At the present moment, Sophia is unable to walk and Kevin is hoping for a big turnout from the south Armagh community at the event on Sunday 30th June in Silverbridge GFC club grounds to help Sophia access this surgery.

“We are south Armagh people and we want to keep it local. I know the people of south Armagh will help this girl, as there is such good generosity in the area.”

Kevin acknowledges that it will take a lot of hard work to organise the event, but says he is more than happy to be overseeing this fundraiser.

He told The Examiner: “Every penny is going to a worthwhile cause so it will be very rewarding to see. Sophia herself will be attending with her parents.

“We will have music, a funfair, a football competition, trade stalls, children’s entertained provided by Evans Leisure. We want all of south Armagh to make an effort towards this.”

The fundraiser, commencing at 11am on the 30th June, will be held in Silverbridge, and Kevin said that he knew from the off that Silverbridge GFC would be on board.

 “Silverbridge [club] has been very helpful. They have been very helpful to me personally quite recently, with the deaths of two members of my family. They did everything for us; guards of honour, watching the roads at the wake,” Kevin said.

He continued: “They are a brilliant club and they were the first port of call because I knew that they would be onside from the start. They are a very supportive club, one of the best in Armagh in my opinion.”

If you would like to donate, you can do so via the Facebook Page ‘Happy Feet For Sophia’ or via the Instagram page: ‘Happy Feet For Sophia / SDR4sophia’. You can also Donate via Just4Children: