MAJELLA O’DONNELL, the wife and manager of Daniel O’Donnell, who had her head live on Irish TV’s the Late, Late Show for the Irish Cancer Society has been stunned by a public response which has thus far raised forty times more than she dared hope.
The 52-year old Tipperary woman, who is receiving treatment for breast cancer, had – by the start of this week – raised at least €400,000 (£335,000) over a single week-end. She had hoped she might raise €10,000.
When told of the huge, positive public response by Late, Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy – on his radio show she was clearly shocked and declared:
“No, No, No. Oh my God! Oh my God. Mother of God Almighty and Heaven above, thank you everybody so, so much.
“It’s incredible. Absolutely incredible. I can’t even put into words – it’s amazing.”
The text lines, phone lines and website of the Irish Cancer Society all crashed under the subsequent traffic as people tried to donate money.
Speaking before her very public haircut Majella explained her motivation: “I want to do this because I feel strongly that I am just one of thousands of people with this illness. I want to take control of the hair loss associated with my chemotherapy, by deciding when and where to shave my head. H
Having spoken to Daniel, we agreed that we would like to use this as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds. We were both delighted when The Late Late Show and Ryan agreed to facilitate our request.”
“I would love it if anyone who would like to contribute to this most worthwhile cause, could start donating today.”
Of her decision to have her head shaved she said: “It wasn’t something that I set out to do – it was almost something that I was told to do. I can see now there was a reason for it.”
She said many people – including her husband – had been complimentary about her new hair-do.
“Daniel is a traditional kind of person but even he said ‘You look beautiful without the hair’,” she said.
In Ireland people can donate by texting Pink Appeal for the Irish Cancer Society, text ‘Pink’ to 50300 to donate €4 or CallSave 1850 60 60 60 to make a donation.”
Outside Ireland you can visit the Irish Cancer Society at www.cancer.ie/getthegirls.
Irish Cancer Society CEO John McCormack described Majella’s decision as a “huge step”.