IRELAND: A fundraiser launched to help with the cost of repatriating the body of a Zimbabwean woman who died during a visit to County Donegal to see her daughter for Christmas has raised almost €10,000.
Mavis Clinic Manyonga came from Zimbabwe to celebrate Christmas with her daughter and family in Letterkenny, County Donegal.
Her daughter, Valerie Munashe Makuwe, is a nurse in Letterkenny.
However, tragedy struck 24 hours after her arrival when Mavis suffered a cardiac arrest, leaving Valerie and her family devastated.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Faith Zinyemba to help the family with the cost of repatriation and funeral expenses, estimated to be over €10,000.
The fundraiser has already raised over €9,500 with over 400 donations supporting the cause.
Faith said Valerie and her family are extremely grateful for all the support they have received.
“My name is Faith Zinyemba, with a heavy heart, I am reaching out to you today seeking your support for Valerie Munashe Makuwe- a practising nurse in Letterkenny, County Donegal.
“She recently faced the heartbreaking loss of her mother, Mavis Clinic Manyonga who came from Zimbabwe to celebrate Christmas with her daughter and family in Letterkenny.
“Tragedy struck within 24 hours of her arrival, she suffered a cardiac arrest, leaving Valerie and her family shattered.
“The sudden loss has left Valerie inconsolable, and she now faces the immense challenge of bringing her mother’s remains back to Zimbabwe for a proper burial.
“The repatriation costs, along with the associated funeral expenses, have placed a significant financial burden on the family (€10,500).
“Any contribution, no matter how small, will make a profound difference in helping Valerie bring her mother home and give her a dignified send-off.
“Thank you for making a difference this Christmas by bringing comfort to a heartbroken daughter during her time of need,” said Faith.