Students top €700 in charity events

By Brendan Grehan

STUDENTS from Moyle Park College truly got into the Christmas spirit last week when they put together over 20 hampers and collected over €700 for the St Vincent De Paul charity.

In what is now a yearly event, the First Year students held a Christmas Food Appeal and a Non-Uniform Day last Friday, December 11.

Students from Moyle Park College with Brother Colman2

The appeal was organised by Moyle Park teacher Niamh Cahalane. Now in its eighth year, it is an important part of the school’s calendar.

Niamh told The Echo: “This is an annual Christmas charity drive run in Moyle Park raising much-needed help for those in need in our local area.

"We collected foodstuffs from all the kids in the school and even past pupils brought in food. The First Year students then put together the hampers. People also donated vouchers and cash. Every child in the school was involved in bringing food.”

Over 20 hampers were put together and €240 worth of butchers’ vouchers will be handed over to the St Vincent De Paul, who will distribute them to families in the area.

The school also held a Non-Uniform Day which was a great success. All the students were encouraged to dress in Christmas jumpers or on a festive theme and each student donated €2 to the St Vincent De Paul.

The students collected €742 from the Non-Uniform day and this will also be used to buy vouchers. The students then presented the hampers and a cheque to Brother Colman in the school who is also a member of the St Vincent De Paul.

Niamh told The Echo: “All the students got involved. The Christmas Appeal is an important part of the school year and the Non-Uniform Day really topped it off. All the students wore Christmas jumpers or other festive costumes and we raised over €700. We would like to thank everybody who donated foodstuffs and made donations to the Christmas Food appeal which will go to support those in need in our local area.”

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