Watch: Dublin star Alan Brogan helps Blackrock boys 'cycling to India' in aid of Goal and Aidlink
PUPILS of Blackrock College in Dublin got the support of Alan Brogan and Dail deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor as they simulated a cycle from Dublin to Calcutta in aid of GOAL and Aidlink.
The charitable teenagers are taking part in the 'Cycle to Calcutta 8300km' challenge, which is part of the school's famous St Patrick's Day fundraising tradition.
Dublin football star Brogan, who retired from the inter-county scene recently, was impressed with the lads' charitable spirit.
"They're doing a great job and everyone looks to be having fun," he said.
"It's great to give a little something back and in fairness to the lads, that's what they're doing today."
Dún Laoghaire TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor said the challenge was a great way for the young team to help people who are living in poverty.
"We come from a very privileged society in comparison to what's going on in Calcutta. We want our young people to be socially aware.
"Really it's a life lesson and it's a way for the boys to learn how to give back."
The Transition Year students will also be selling the famous GOAL badges for €2 around Grafton Street on the 15th and 16th of March. The badges will also be on sale in shops around the country.
The money raised provides vital funds for development programmes supported by Aidlink and Goal.
To get involved in the campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org.