Students secret bag collection supports local families in need

By Brendan Grehan

LUCAN COMMUNITY College students, parents and teachers have raised nearly €1,700 this Christmas for St Vincent De Paul.

Over the last number of years the entire school community has embraced the concept of fundraising for the SVP, reports Brendan Grehan.


This year students and staff continued with the tradition of the secret bag collection during morning registration. This allows for secret donations to be given in a pressure free capacity. 

Lucan Community College’s commitment to the work of St Vincent de Paul goes back many years having started in 1986.   

The St. Vincent de Paul fundraiser started 31 years ago in the old school building in Lucan Village with making Christmas cakes and adding them to hampers that were distributed by SVP throughout the local community. 

This Christmas 2017 has seen a further increase in pressure for families in difficulty. It is hoped that the funds raised as a school community alleviate these pressures for some in the community. 

The Fundraising Organiser Ms Ryan told The Echo: “This year Christmas 2017 sees ever increasing needs for families in these difficult times. In many ways it reminds me of the times back in the mid-eighties when we started our St. Vincent de Paul work in the College, but in many ways these days are even more difficult for people, with such a wide variety of challenges faced by some.”

Lucan Community College would like to thank Ms Ryan for her continued dedication and commitment to this annual fundraising event.  This year the college would also like to thank Ms Walsh and Ms Mulhern for helping to organize the secret collection and also to the Transition Year and 6th year Prefect teams. 

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