Aloha Fund established to assist families
of Irish students killed in Berkeley tragedy
A fund has been established in Hawaii to assist the families of six Irish students who died after a fourth-floor balcony collapsed at an apartment building in Berkeley, California. All of the students were in America for the summer on J1 educational visas.
The Berkeley J1 Student Tragedy Aloha Fund is administered by The Society of The Friends of St. Patrick Hawaii, an organization formed in Hawaii in 1955 to provide assistance to Irish immigrants, native Irish and those of Irish descent.
“This is a tragedy that touches us all,” said Noel Trainor, honorary Irish counsel to Hawaii. “The funds we raise will assist the immediate needs of the students and their families, who must now cope with the loss of their children in a place far from home.”
The Society of the Friends of Saint Patrick chairman Bill Comerford said “In a week full of tragedies and sad headlines we Irish of Hawaii, are particularly sympathetic to these families facing such sad losses so far from home. We wish to aid those who face this tragic circumstance and ask those of like feelings to join us by extending a hand of aloha.”
“We ask that you keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” Trainor said. Contributions to the fund may be made in three ways:
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A rich legacy of Irish giving exists on both sides of the Atlantic. Consider Philadelphia's Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a society dedicated to providing education and charity for more than 240 years.
"The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick is one of the most dynamic and vibrant charitable and education-oriented forces in the Philadelphia Irish community," asserts Thomas Lyons 2d, the group's historian.
Founded in 1771 to provide relief for Irish immigrants, the Friendly Sons included many Revolutionary notables: Thomas Fitzsimons, Robert Morris, and Commodore John Barry, "father of the American navy." George Washington was made an honorary member in 1782. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin attended some of the group's early meetings.
As Irish immigration to America swelled in the 1840s due to the Great Hunger, the charitable work of the Friendly Sons grew accordingly. Benevolent efforts soon expanded beyond the Irish community - victims of the Johnstown flood and San Francisco earthquake, veterans of the Spanish-American War, and the Russian Jewish Relief Fund all received assistance.
After the 1922 establishment of the Irish Free State, the Friendly Sons donated $5,000 to alleviate the suffering of those affected by hostilities.
As conditions in Ireland improved and immigration abated, the focus of the group shifted to promoting closer ties between America and Ireland. The installation of the Barry statue outside Independence Hall and the Fitzsimons monument in Logan Square evidenced this new direction and showed the contribution of the Irish to American society. Since World War II, the Friendly Sons have also provided scholarships for Irish graduate students to study in America.
The Friendly Sons is the second-oldest continuously meeting Irish organization in the United States, and currently has more than 1,200 members.
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