Students at staff at Loreto College have raised a magnificent total of £6207.46 for Trocaire, during the annual Trocaire campaign during Lent at the College.
Individual students and various form classes were presented with certificates and fundraiser pins at special assemblies held at Loreto College in late April, in recognition of their hard work in support of this excellent cause.
The top fund-raising classes in each year group were: 8E (form teacher Mrs S McNicholl), 9B (form teacher Mrs S McBroom), 10B (form teacher Mrs M Close), 11A (form teacher Mr K Conroy), 12A (form teacher Mrs A O’Kane), 13C (form teacher Mrs S Mullan) and 14B (form teacher Mrs O McEwan).
The top individual fund-raisers were Owen Tsang (Year 8), Shannon Donaghy (Year 11) and Ciaran o’Kane (Year 9). Between them they raised over £350, with Owen receiving a Jet Centre gift token for raising the most: an impressive sum of £182.
Mrs Lorraine McCool, Social Justice Co-ordinator at Loreto College, spent Easter week in Honduras with Trocaire, visiting projects which exist only because of the fund-raising done in Ireland. Paying tribute to the students and their teachers on their efforts to raise such a tremendous sum, Mrs McCool said: “A very sincere thank you to everyone who took on board the Lenten campaign and helped achieve this remarkable sum.
“Having spent Easter week in Honduras with Trócaire, I feel prouder than ever of our school’s efforts because I have seen first hand where the money goes and the projects we are supporting.
“It was just wonderful to see how our fundraising efforts here in Loreto can have such a long term impact on the lives of women, children and rural farmers living in such poor and often unjust situations.”
Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to Mrs McCool and to all the students and staff who had contributed to raising this remarkable amount of money during the six weeks of Lent.