Family Fest to raise funds for Tomek

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English PosterMEMBERS of Limerick’s Polish community have organised a family fun day in the Old Quarter this Sunday, May 19 from 2pm to raise funds for a young father from Poland who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia.

Tomek Suberlak was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoblastic leukaemia just before Easter and is currently undergoing chemotherapy in St James’s Hospital in Dublin.

Tomek has a young daughter Maya who was born in Ireland in 2009 and is hoping to marry his partner in Limerick this summer.

A friend of Tomek’s who helped to organise the event said: “In Tomek’s story everyone could find a little bit of their own life story. Tomek came to Ireland in October 2005 with a suitcase full of dreams and his heart full of hope.

“Everyone who knows Tomek sees him as a strong, healthy, happy person with a constant smile on his face. He is full of strength and he wants to fight and win the battle, even though the doctors’ prognoses aren’t very optimistic. He wants to win it for his family.”

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Music on the day will include Limerick band Windings alongside DJ Vasques, Dora Gola and Jean Damei.

There will also be facepainting, balloons and dance classes for children as well as a barbeque and cakes and treats.

For the adults, the event features an air soft shooting range and an auction with items such as a Munster rugby photograph, a replica samurai sword and vouchers for restaurants and salons on offer.