Edmondstown raise €500 for Irish Cancer Society

By Aideen O'Flaherty

HUNDREDS of euro was raised for charity by enterprising students from Edmondstown National School in Rathfarnham over recent months, who set up a sweet shop and held a schoolwide bingo event to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society, reports Aideen O’Flaherty.

Pupils from Mr O’Dwyer’s 5th and 6th class participated in a primary schools’ entrepreneurship competition called Bí Gnóthach and donated the proceeds from their sweet shop and bingo event, and some of their Confirmation money, to the Irish Cancer Society, reaching a total of €500.

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The students took on the bulk of the work for their mini-company, with the help of local woman Catherine Behan, and displayed their entrepreneurial spirit when they set up a marketing team to publicise the company in the school, and they ensured the bingo event was inclusive for all by getting different bingo cards for the younger and older children.

Philomena Cleary, the principal of Edmondstown NS, told The Echo: “There was a lot of preparation involved in the mini company, and every pupil had a role in it.

“The children had great fun. They raised €290 through their mini company, then they donated some of their Confirmation money to bring it to €460, and the school were so proud of them that we donated €40 to bring it to €500.

“These children have demonstrated great entrepreneurial skills and we are quite sure that this will stand to them in the future - watch out Richard Branson!”

The 29 pupils of 5th and 6th class got to choose which charity they would donate their proceeds to, and after doing some research online they decided that the Irish Cancer Society would be their chosen charity because of the help and support they give to people affected by cancer.

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