Two local charities that help disadvantaged children and young people in other countries were boosted this week by the efforts of students from St Killian’s College Garron Tower.
A small group of twelve Year 14 students in the College have been involved in organising bag-packing, charity fairs and a Sixth Form Social evening to raise almost £1600 which they split equally between Sunshine Foundation Romania and Tanzania Christian Farm Development Trust.
Sunshine Foundation Romania aims to significantly improve the lives and living conditions of children who have been abandoned by their birth families in oppressive and poorly managed orphanages in the eastern European country. Since the year 2000, SFR has been establishing and maintaining care homes in Romania each catering for up to a dozen children.
The Tanzania Christian Farm Development Trust is a small Christian charity that has built a church, children’s home and a farm compound on the outskirts of Ndevelwa village near Taborawith. TCFDT aims to improve the life of the local communities through education and religion. The money donated will be spent specifically on the running of the children’s home which deals with children abandoned by the families and communities.
The Year 14 students who undertook the fund-raising were : Roisin O’Kane, Shannon McLoughlin, Katie Burns, Emma Robbin, Aine McDonnell, Declan Clarke, Kieran McKeown, Sean McLoughlin, Aodan Matthews, Majella Litster, Kathryn Cheah, Jennifer McHenry.
Rhonda Sharpe, a trustee from TCFDT, accepted the cheque from Roisin O’Kane, with St Killian’s Principal Mr Jonny Brady and vice-principals Mrs Eileen McKay and Mr Padraig McIlwaine in attendance.
Mr Séamas McAleenan accepted the Sunshine Foundation Romania cheque from Roisin O’Kane, with St Killian’s Principal Mr Jonny Brady and vice-principal Mrs Eileen McKay in attendance.