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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Pres girls raised €1,800 for Donal fund

Published 30/10/2013|05:36

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BY swapping their plaid school skirts for denim jeans, students at Tralee's Presentation Secondary School have raised over €1,800 for the Donal Walsh #LiveLife charity foundation.

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Donal, the inspirational young Blennerville anti suicide and cancer awareness campaigner, had many friends among the students at 'The Pres' and following his death last May the sixth year girls in the school decided to pay tribute to their late friend's memory by raising money for some of his favourite causes. The school's students and staff had another close link to the Walsh family as Gemma Walsh, Donal's sister, was also a past pupil of the school.

On October 4 last the school's sixth year religion class organised a 'Denim Day at the school to raise funds for the #LiveLife foundation. Students who participated paid €2 for the privelege of wearing jeans with their school jumper and shirt instead of their usual skirt just for the day. A bake-sale was also held in the school's assembly area and students were asked to support both events.

The twin events raised over €1,800 for Donal's foundation and last Friday morning his mother Elma visited Presentation for a special Sixth Year Assembly where she was presented with a cheque by the members of the religion class who organised the fundraiser.

"During his illness, Donal encouraged everyone to live life to the full and raised funds to help provide age-appropriate medical facilities for teenagers. Donal's sister, Gemma, is a past-pupil of the school and we we're very happy to offer our support to this very worthy foundation," said Presentation Secondary School's Kay O'Mahony.

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