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Generous GoFundMe to repatriate young Polish boy (12) who died of cardiac arrest raises €10K

The “much-loved” youngster passed away last Tuesday, 26th April, after suffering a cardiac arrest.


Oliver “Ollie” Heimreich

Oliver “Ollie” Heimreich

Oliver “Ollie” Heimreich

A community fundraising effort to help the family of a primary school pupil who died suddenly last week has raised more than €10,000.

Oliver “Ollie” Heimreich (12), who is originally from Poland, was a sixth class pupil at Rutland National School on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1.

The “much-loved” youngster passed away last Tuesday, April 26, after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Over the weekend, Ollie’s school community set up a fundraiser to help his family repatriate his body back to Poland.

The GoFundMe page has received 442 donations to date, bringing the grand total raised to €10,906 in just two days.

Christine Lyons, a member of Rutland National School’s parents’ association and one of the organisers of the fundraiser, said that Ollie “always has wanted people to be happy” and was “always generous and kind to his friends.”

“Myself and a local shop keeper Darryl O’Callaghan wanted to get involved in helping the family bring Ollie back to Poland,” she told Dublin Live.

“A loss of a child suddenly should not bring extra stress of any financial bearings as it would have on Ollie’s parents.

“The community is a pillar of strength and good will and has been donating to Ollie’s fundraiser. Not only the community but people from all over country such as Donegal, Wexford, you name it have been donating.”

Christine said that the community have rallied together to support Ollie’s family and added that local businesses have been particularly generous.

"The Balgriffin Inn donated €500 by Revolut. Saint Mochtas senior football team and manger have donated €500 and the team has been donating on the page.

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Those who would like to contribute to the cause can donate here.

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