'Tamara is the light of my life. She is a lovely placid girl. Caring for Tamara is a day long duty, beginning at 7a.m but I have to get on with it.' ~Anne McGrath speaking yesterday after winning the Carer of the Year award.
There were many awards given out yesterday at the annual Carers Association Awards in Dublin. Anne McGrath lovingly looks after her daughter Tamara who has Canavans disease, a rare and fatal genetic condition that leaves children mentally and physically incapacitated. Anne has already lost two children to the disease but she lovingly keeps going, despite the many daily challenges she faces on an ongoing basis. Other recipients yesterday were Kelley Farrell aged 13, who won the young carer award and who looks after her mum Nuala. Kelley's mum suffers from a serious back problem. Her day begins at 7a.m when she makes breakfast and helps her mum before school, makes the lunch and helps out again after school. Kelley says 'I love doing it for somebody who I care about and love.' This is only a tiny part of the story of thousands of carers who do similar work each day. Their work and contribution each day is wonderful, it's done with love and sometimes without support or encouragement. The purpose of the Carers Awards is to highlight the great work being done each day. Every carer is a winner, they deserve our support and encouragement and we in particular ask God's abundant blessings on them and on those whom they are looking after.