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Friday 25 July 2014

Students put their funky feet forward

Published 15/10/2013|05:34

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Colaista An Atha, Mental Health Awearness Week, "Walk in my Shoes" in support of, Saint Patrick's Hospital Foundation. PIctured are Lee Murphy and Caroline Fitzgerald.

FUNNY footwear with a school uniform is normally frowned upon in most schools, but last week, Coláiste an Atha Kilmuckridge threw the rule book out the window for a day, and encouraged students, and staff, to wear whatever funky shoes they wanted.

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It was all part of the 'Walk in My Shoes' event to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. The entire school contingent went on a fashion parade from the school up through the village to Sean Og's Hotel and back to raise money for St. Patrick's Hospital Foundation.

Also on the day, Home School Liaison Officer Tracy Browne spoke to the entire school about how important it is that people look after their mental health.

The fundraiser was organised with the help of the sixth year LCVP students.

Each student purchased a 'Walk In My Shoes' badge, and sponsorship cards were handed out to not only raise more money but to also raise the profile of mental health, and to help eradicate the stigma that is attached to such an illness.

Students and staff arrived into school on Thursday in 'funky' footwear, and were asked to reflect on what might happen if they were to walk in someone else's shoes for a day.

The entire school contingent poured out of the doors at 12 noon to walk through the village, bringing the message about the importance of mental health out into the local community.

Ms. Browne congratulated the students on their achievements, and Principal Elizabeth Martin said she was extremely proud of how all students became so completely involved in the initiative.

To date, the students to date have raised €1,394 with some sponsorship cards still outstanding. Along with spot prizes for the wackiest pair of shoes, students were awarded a weekend free of no homework.

Gorey Guardian

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