Tuesday 16 September 2014

Blennnerville students sell tasty treats to raise funds for Philippines

Published 25/12/2013 | 05:36

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Members of the Parents Council at St. Brendan’s Primary School, Blennerville presenting a cheque for €550 to Noel Sebbey to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. Front, from left: Sheanna Marie Murphy, Mary Wallis, Noel Sebbey and Darragh O’Connor. Back, from left: Armond Perez, Siobhan Corridan, Rose Aday, Principal Terry O’Sullivan, Maura O’Donnell.

PUPILS at Blennerville National School were so moved by the images of devastation and suffering they saw on the news in the wake of the typhoon that struck the Philippines in November that they immediately asked their teachers what they could do to help.

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They came up with the idea of holding a bake sale in the school and after a busy few weeks preparation and several hectic days in the kitchen they held the sale in the school on December 6.

All manner of cakes and treats were made by the pupils, staff and families of the close knit school community, and the bake sale proved a huge success, bringing in €500 in donations in just a few short hours.

That money was presented to members of Tralee's Filipino community at the school last Wednesday morning and the money will go towards the ongoing relief effort in the Philippines.

Well over 100 Philippine nationals live in Tralee and surrounding areas, with many of them working at Kerry General Hospital and other private medical practices and clinics across north Kerry.

Since the typhoon, Tralee's Filipino community have also been working to provide whatever support and aid they can to their families and friends at home.


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