The Social Justice Group at Loreto College Coleraine has had a very busy Autumn Term, with a number of events and initiatives going on to raise funds for a variety of very worthy causes.
Fundraising during the term has included raising £365 for Macmillan, £467 for the Refugee Crisis, and £278 and 272 Shoeboxes for the Road of Hope Christmas Appeal.
Year 13 student Aoife Kelly raised £510 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Fund through completing a parachute jump, while the newly formed Loreto Cricket Club raised £255 for a new Loreto Kit.
Generous sums were raised for the Simon Community and for Charis Cancer Care during the Loreto production of The Sound of Music in October. Finally, £278.20 was raised by students to erect a star in memory of fellow-student Michaela Harkin in Coleraine’s Angel of Hope Memorial Garden.
This money was presented in Michaela’s memory just before the Christmas holidays.
The College’s St Vincent de Paul group collected thirty Christmas Hampers to be shared among St John’s and St Malachy’s parishes, Coleraine, again presented just before the end of Term, which was supplemented by the retiring collection in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul following the College’s Carol Service in St John’s Church Coleraine.
The term’s fund-raising activities culminated on Thursday, December 17, with the annual Mission Day, raising funds for the Loreto Missions worldwide. Loreto’s Mission Day is the College’s annual fun day to promote fair trade, the Millennium Goals and the Loreto Missions worldwide.
An impressive total just short of £3,500 was raised on the day for the Loreto Missions.
Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all the students and staff, under the leadership of Social Justice Co-ordinator, Mrs Lorraine McCool and Mission Day Co-ordinator, Mrs Mabel McAleese.