The Story of Father Pat
Father Pat Ahern was a priest who helped the less fortunate children in Swaziland, and is the inspiration for Swazi Legacy. He was born on November 10, 1930, and was one of ten children. He was ordained in July of 1960, and went on a mission to Swaziland in 1962. Once he visited Swaziland, he felt a connection to the children there. From that time on, he never left except to visit his friends and family in Ireland, and to raise funds for the education of the children of Swaziland, who held a special place in his heart. Father Pat continued his work until his death on January 23, 2009. He is buried in his second home, Swaziland.
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Continuing the legacy
When Father Pat passed away, members of his family traveled to Swaziland for his burial. It was during this visit that they realized the full impact of his life-long work and how important it was to the people there. The children of Swaziland depended on him so much that they could not turn their backs on his mission, and they became inspired to continue his important work.
Swazi Legacy aims to raise funds to continue Father Pat’s legacy in Swaziland. A bursery has been set up in the name of Swazi Legacy and Father Pat to house and educate the children of McCorkindale’s Orphanage and Farm.
Board of Directors
Our directors work on a volunteer basis. They do not receive compensation, nor do we pay fees for fundraising efforts.
The following people comprise our board of directors:
Niece of Fr. Pat Ahern
Teacher, Eastchester High School
Brendan Ahern (Director)
Nephew of Fr. Pat Ahern
Owner and President, DGC Capital Contracting
Christina Ahern (Director)
Dan Ahern (Director)
Nephew of Fr. Pat Ahern
Owner and President, StructureCraft
Mike Heffernan (Treasurer)
DGC Capital Contracting
Cora Creed (Secretary)
Vice President, Universal Music Group
Jack Hughes (Counsel)
Liz Ahern- Director
Kathleen Huvane -Director
Steve Huvane- Director
Eibhlish Dinneen- Director
Carmel Ahern- Director
(PHOTOS TO COME)
We would also like to thank our volunteers, who donate both their time and their time and their energy to help make a difference in the lives of the people of Swaziland.
In addition we would like to acknowledge the contributions of students currently involved with our organization:
We would like to acknowledge our past volunteers who donated their time to help in the mission of Swazi Legacy:
The Swazi Legacy Logo was designed by Nick Parisi when he was a senior at Eastchester High School. When he wad designing the logo, he tried to encapsulate our mission statement in a very creative way. The global image highlights the inequities that exist in our world today. The large golden foot illuminating Africa represents the steps taken from year to year by the students at Eastchester high School and members of Swazi Legacy to brighten the future of the children in Swaziland.
Swazi Legacy, Inc. is a New York State non-for-profit corporation and a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity organization dedicated to assisting in the support, care and education of marginalized and homeless young people at risk through poverty in Swaziland.