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Dad hails summer camp in honour of tragic Lisa Orsi

By Donna Deeney

Published 01/07/2015

Volcano trek: Lisa Orsi
Volcano trek: Lisa Orsi

The father of tragic Lisa Orsi - who died after suffering freak altitude sickness in Indonesia this year - has described the launch a summer camp in her memory as "an amazing comfort".

Lisa (22) lost her life in Singapore after falling ill during a volcano trek in March. But she saved the lives of dozens of others through organ donation.

During her short life in Londonderry she was an enthusiast of the Community Games, both as a young participant and later as an adult volunteer.

In her honour the Community Games organisation has launched the Lisa Orsi Summer Camp which will be held next month at the Long Tower in Derry before being rolled out across Ireland.

Lisa's family attended the launch, where her father Denis thanked the organisation for everything it had given his daughter.

Mr Orsi said: "Lisa first got involved with the Community Games when she was just a wee girl but it brought out the natural athleticism in her and it gave her confidence that she didn't have.

"These have been very difficult months for us, we miss her so desperately, but it is an amazing comfort to know that others still remember her and want to keep her memory alive.

"We were overjoyed when Janice Cooper from the Derry branch asked if we would agree to the summer school in Lisa's memory but without a moments hesitation we said yes. It is such a perfect memorial to her."

The president of the HSE Community Games, Gerry Davenport, was in the city to launch the summer camp along with the deputy mayor of Derry and Strabane Thomas Kerrigan.

Mr Davenport said: "It was decided that the first camp will be held in her home town of Derry but will include children from Donegal, where Lisa was born and spent her early years."

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