Fundraiser in memory of Justin Butler raises nearly €4k for mental health causes in 48 hours

A new fundraiser has been started in memory of Wexford man Justin Butler who managed to raise almost €4,000 for local mental health causes in just 48 hours.

Justin’s sudden and tragic passing on January 29 at the age of just 21 shocked Wexford town, hitting his many young friends in particular. A popular and gregarious youngster, Justin was also known for his sporting exploits, sharing fields and dressing rooms with many during his years playing for Wexford Bohs, St Joseph’s GAA Club or Wexford Albion.

The fundraiser, entitled ‘The Justin Butler Legacy’, was set up with the aim of raising vital funds for Wexford MarineWatch and Pieta House in memory of ‘Juggers’ as he was affectionately known to his friends.

Organized in conjunction with Justin’s family, it says: “Justin was loved by many. It’s hard to imagine one person meeting so many people, but he did! If someone wants to donate a few euros, every penny will help.”

Speaking bravely through the devastating pain, Justin’s mother, Collette, pleaded with her young friends: “Please, I ask all young people not to take things so seriously. Life is hard, but every moment is fleeting. Any pain you have will pass. Please don’t let your families pick up the pieces.”

This was followed by an emotional plea during her son’s eulogy.

“Justin was a beautiful and loving boy, always smiling,” she said. “Justin made so many people so happy just being around him. We’ve lost a beautiful soul, our world will never be the same. So, like Mammy, please reach out to a friend, family, anyone. Call someone.” to help you. It’s okay not to feel good. It’s okay to need help. Give people a chance to help you. Life gets better. Give me a chance.”

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Those who wish to donate can do so by searching for “Justin Butler’s Legacy” on GoFundMe. All donations are greatly appreciated.

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