A Tandragee musician is donating all the profits from his new CD to the family of one of the victims of the Lough Ree tragedy.
RJ Woolsey said he wanted to help Sandra Kerr, a former school friend from Markethill High School, whose fiancée David Warnock (27) died in the tragedy on March 21.
Another fisherman from Portadown, Darryl Burke, lost his life in the tragedy, while Markethill man John Trimble (60) miraculously survived after being pulled from the water.
“The profits of my new CD Wasted Heartlands will go to the family of David Warnock,” said RJ. “I briefly knew David through DSDG where we buy our building supplies. Sandra was in my class at Markethill High School, she was due to get married to David.
“I called to see Sandra last week to tell her my idea, she gave me permission to proceed.”
RJ, the frontman of RJ Rocks the 80s, almost lost his life in a boating accident three years ago.
He explained, “It’s just something that I have to do. I almost drowned in a boating accident in Poland three years ago. My partner and son both witnessed it. I’ll never forget the look of shock in my son’s eyes. I was so out of breath when I returned to the boat, that I couldn’t hear what Kasia was saying to me, my vision went dark in broad day light, I almost blacked out.
“I had no life jacket on, another one minute and there was no way I’d have made it back to that boat after the swim. I lay in the boat panting for five minutes trying to breathe, coughing my brains out, I never felt fear like it, worse than the Isle of Man, TT Circuit.”
RJ explained that Sandra and her son Matthew will receive the profits from the CD sales. Samples can be heard on YouTube, type in “RJ Woolsey new CD samples”. A CD signing will take place in J D Hunters, Markethill tonight (Friday) from 6-9pm.
RJ added, “It has taken three years to write this album. This is my second album, the first sold around 1,860 copies, plus ITunes sales as far as Germany. All profits from it went to Injured Riders Welfare Fund and Joey Dunlop Foundation.
“There hasn’t been a fundraiser for David’s family, so I hope people share this information so everyone has the opportunity to support his family at Christmas.”