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Tait House Zondras Fundraiser –  Zondra’s grandmother Mrs Pratt, mum Dorothy Meaney, CEO of Tait House Tracey Lynch, and Richard.  Picture: Ethan Glavin

Tait House Zondras Treatment Fundraiser

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ethan Glavin

Tait House Community Enterprise Centre opened its new café Mr Tait’s Café today, Friday, October 3, 2014. The café is however not just Tait House Community Enterprise Centre’s newest venture, but is also already giving back to the community. For their first day of business, Mr Tait’s Café decided to run a Breakfast morning in support of Zondra’s Treatment Fund raising over €800. The fundraising effort extended beyond just Mr Tait’s Café however, and extended to both the music room, which is currently still undergoing restoration, and Mystique Hair & Beauty, which is the other new enterprise venture at Tait House.

While Zondra Meaney herself couldn’t make it to the breakfast morning, Zondra’s mum, former manager of The Georgian House Limerick, Dorothy Meaney came out to Mr Tait’s Café this morning, saying they were honoured that Tait House Café would give their first day of business to Zondra’s Treatment Fund.

“We’d like to thank Tracey Lynch of Tait House Community Enterprise Centre, as well as everybody who helped fundraise, not just today but in the past as well.” Said Dorothy.

Limerick lady Zondra Meaney was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome which is a group of inherited disorders affecting connective tissues. At present the Irish health system is not equipped to treat Zondra, as there are no specialists for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in Ireland, requiring Zondra to seek treatment in London.

Tait House Community Enterprise Centre is a community development programme, which aims to improve the lives of people in the community, by creating employment opportunities, by providing training, and creating community enterprise ventures such as Mr Tait’s Café and Mystique Hair & Beauty.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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