Saturday 21 April 2018

Irish teenagers raise over €1000 for Leaving Cert holiday through fundraising page

A group of friends started a GoFundMe.com page to fund their Leaving Cert Holiday
A group of friends started a GoFundMe.com page to fund their Leaving Cert Holiday
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

A group of Irish teenagers who set up a fundraising page to raise cash for their post Leaving Cert holiday have exceeded their €1000 target.

The Offaly friends created the GoFundMe.com page on January 11, and have since raised €1175 which will be put towards a holiday in Tenerife once they finish their exams in June.

The group, set up by Shane McCormack, said the holiday will be motivation to study ahead of their last term of secondary school.

“As you all may know one of the biggest problems in the lives of a 17/18-year-old Irish person is the ever-dreaded Leaving Certificate exam,” the fundraising page reads.

“As a form of motivation and celebration the group of tightly-packed teens have recently booked a holiday to tropic Tenerife. However, they face just one more problem. They have no money.”

The teens asked those thinking of donating to take a trip down Memory Lane and remind themselves what it was like to be 18.

“We understand there are more serious matters and causes in life but please just remember what it was like when you were 18,” the group said.

More than 51 separate donations were made to the page to exceed the €1000 target.

One donor, who gave €5 to the cause, said: “You can't bate your honesty! Best of luck in the leaving and have a good holiday.”

Another said: “Get the sun cream with this lads. Enjoy the holiday and good luck with exams.”

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