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We would like our pupils to be aware of those who are less fortunate than themselves. This is part of our SPHE and Religion programme, but it is also part of the development of the whole person. The children have always been extremely generous in their response to any fund raising activities which are held in the school.

Bóthar and the Hope Shoebox appeal are the two main fund raising events we become involved with annually. Click on the links below to read more.

Hope Shoebox Appeal

Around Christmas we are all asked to think especially of children in poorer countries and to bring them some happiness. Our school does this by supporting the Hope Shoebox Appeal. Children usually fill the shoe boxes during the Halloween break. Boxes are collected early in November – we haven’t been informed of a date for 2018 yet. We fill shoeboxes with little gifts and bring a smile to little faces when they open them. These shoeboxes bring them hope, love, excitement and happiness.
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In 2017 there was a wonderful response to the shoebox appeal, with families donating 154 boxes – 21 more than the year before! Thank you to all who supported the appeal which will bring happiness and joy to children who receive far less presents than we do. Traditionally in Ireland, many children receive presents from their Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts, Uncles etc. In many countries families are too poor to give presents to their relations. These are the families and children who will be delighted with your gifts. On Christmas morning, take a moment to think of the child who will open your box. You can feel very happy that you are bringing love and excitement to someone who will not get a lot of presents from other people.
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Bóthar's Programme

Bóthar is our school’s designated charity and part of our SPHE programme. Each year the pupils raise funds to purchase goats which will be sent to Africa to help needy families as part of Bóthar’s Programme. Children will make calendars to help with proceeds from Carol Service. Traditionally we raise sufficient funds to purchase 2 Bóthar goats. This school year the cheque will be presented on 21 December 2018.

In 2017, on the day of the Christmas holidays, we presented a huge cheque for €1316.20 to Fr. Byrne for the Bóthar Appeal. More than double the amount that was raised last year! This allowed us to purchase 4 goats! We had a bucket collection for Bóthar at our Christmas concert and every class made calendars which they sold to raise funds. There was great excitement on the day, when one of the goats arrived. All pupils spent time with the goat in the yard! All goats will be very welcome in their new homes where they will provide milk and eventually meat for a very poor family. The 1st female kid will be given to another family – so the gift of a goat keeps on giving. The families can decide to keep or sell all other kid goats so they can have an income into the future. Thank you very much to all who supported the children in this very worthwhile fund raising event.
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Donal Walsh Live Life Schools Marathon Challenge 2015

On Monday 16 November 2015, we were honoured by a visit to our school by Fionnbar Walsh, father of the late Dónal Walsh, a teenager from Blennerville, Co. Kerry, who sadly passed away at 16 years of age, having suffered from cancer from the age of 12. Fionnbar was accompanied by Rose and John O’ Donnell from Midleton, representatives of the Midleton Monday Night Club who organised the Donal Walsh Live Life Schools Marathon Challenge 2015.

We were all so excited to realize we had won the Marathon which was open to schools throughout the country. Rowing clubs and cycle clubs were among the many other groups who participated. A school from Tanzania and another school from Iceland, both with Irish connections, also took part. The idea was to run the marathon, relay style, and we did this in glorious sunshine in the grounds of Huntington Castle on 13th March 2015. We completed the challenge in the winning time of 3 hours and 6 minutes – winning by a short margin of 2 minutes!

Fionnbar was an inspirational speaker as he told us stories of his wonderful son and shared his memories with us. He passed on the message of the wonderful nature of life and encouraged all of us, pupils and staff alike, to be active, to be involved in sports, to love life and to support each other – especially during difficult times. He spoke of the tremendous response there has been to the work of the Foundation and said there is a Donal Walsh room in many hospices throughout the country. He presented the school with an amazing plaque – designed and made by local craftspeople in Midleton.  It is unique – the only one in the country. The design includes symbols from Dónal’s life – a bicycle, the mountains, the Munster rugby logo, athletes and the Blennerville Windmill. 

As she accepted the award on our behalf, Mrs. Cosgrave remarked, that of all the awards that grace the school walls, this would take pride of place. It is very special and very significant because it conveys a really important message for present and future pupils – value life and friendships and support each other.

The Donal Walsh Foundation and their supporters continue to fund-raise for Hospices and cancer related requirements and to spread Dónal’s message on the value of life. We were really impressed with Fionnbar’s message and are delighted to have received such a wonderful plaque for our school.
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Other Fund Raising Events
We make a huge effort to keep expenses to a minimum. Basketball training, Active School Week events and visits from outside speakers are at no extra cost to parents. To raise sufficient funds for resources in school, the school and the Parents Council organise several fund raising events during the school year.

The Parents Council organises a yearly Christmas raffle and a trolley raffle in one of the supermarkets. And the proceeds of the yearly school magazine also goes to provide pupils with resources. Twice during the year, usually after Halloween and around Easter, we organise a used clothes collection. The money collected will, eventually, allow the school buy a storage shed.
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