HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii organization is helping the families of six Irish students who died after a fourth-floor balcony collapsed at an apartment building in Berkeley, Calif. this month.
The Society of The Friends of St. Patrick Hawaii – an organization that provides assistance to Irish immigrants, native Irish and those of Irish descent – have set up a special fund for those families.
"This is a tragedy that touches us all," said Noel Trainor, honorary Irish counsel to Hawaii, in a statement. "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 balcony collapsed during a 21st birthday party in the early hours of June 16, killing six of the 13 people on the structure. The victims were all in their 20s.
Those who would like to make a donation have several options:
- Visit any branch of American Savings Bank and deposit a check made payable to the Friends of Saint Patrick with a memo line Berkeley J1 Aloha Fund to Account # 81028 32968
- Mail a check to The Friends of St. Patrick, PO Box 2178, Honolulu, HI, 96805. The check should be made out to The Friends of St. Patrick and should include Berkeley J1 Aloha Fund in the memo line.
- Contributions may also be made online by clicking here.