STUDENTS AND staff at Borris Vocational School pounded the roads to raise money for charity.
More than 500 took part in a 5km fun day in aid of Beam, St Vincent de Paul, Eist and the school itself. 200 trained for the past two months to the run and the rest walked the roads.
Second year student Jamie Wall was the first across the finishing line in twenty minutes while teacher Deirdre Lawlor was the quickest among the staff and she finished with a time of 28 minutes. Each year Borris Vocational School nominates a charity that they fundraise for throughout the year and this time they picked four.
A lot of the students carry out work placements with Beam in Bagenalstown, past teacher Mary Smyth, who retired last year, now heads up the new Eist cancer support centre and St Vincent de Paul has always been a favourite charity of the school.
'It was really good and we had a lovely day,' said teacher Margaret Flood. 'At the finishing line there was music and the atmosphere was great.'
Well over €5,000 had been collected before the school broke up for the Halloween break and sponsorship cards are still coming in.
The walk and run was organised by teachers Orla Bambury and Deirdre Lawlor.