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Leaving certs Grace Carmody, Zara Deasy and Aimee Mc Donagh in full colour at St Flannan's College in Ennis. The school's 1200 pupils and teachers dressed up in blue and yellow, as a fundraiser to raise funds for their Ukraine Appeal, with all money going to victims of war in Ukraine as well as the Irish Red Cross. Photograph by John Kelly

Ennis secondary students show their support for Ukrainians

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MORE than €2,000 was collected in just one day at an Ennis secondary school as part of their ongoing efforts to raise funds in support of people in Ukraine.

A number of teachers and students have organised a committee to discuss a number of fundraising initiatives to help with the Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal, including a non-uniform day which was held last Wednesday.

The students showed their support for the Ukrainian people by wearing blue and yellow and contributing generously to the appeal. A video was shown to all classes in the school to create awareness of the humanitarian crisis and to remind the school community to help those who need it most with over €2,000 collected.

The money will be donated to a sponsored local lorry fill organised by Eoin Gavin Transport Ukraine Appeal (Bunratty). The money will purchase essential food items from BWG Value Centre (formerly Mangans) and the lorry can be tracked on its journey across Europe.

James Delaney, Ukraine Appeal Committee Co-ordinator at St Flannan’s College tells us, “The aim of this Committee is to organise a number of fundraising initiatives to help with the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Furthermore, the second aim of this Committee is to create awareness among the school community to explain what is happening between Russia and Ukraine at present.”

He outlines that the video shown in the school last week, “reminded all in Saint Flannan’s College of the French expression: “Noblesse oblige”; and how we often forget how lucky and privileged we are in life and not to forget to give back to society.

“This campaign has once again ignited the huge spirit of volunteerism in the school. St Flannan’s College will continue to extend their helping hand to those most in need because we are mindful of the Irish seanfhocal: “Ní neart go cur le chéile“ – There is no strength without unity.”

An online iDonate account has been set up for those who wish to donate online. The money raised online for this initiative will go directly to the Irish Red Cross. This has been shared on the school’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. To donate check:

Mr Delaney adds that that there are more fundraising events on the way from the school.

“For our next fundraising initiative, students will have a choice of doing a 24 hour sponsored fast or a 24 Mobile Phone/Social Media Fast, or both. Sponsorship cards will be issued to participating students in the coming days and the money raised from this initiative will go to Trócaire’s humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.”

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