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Friday 17 August 2018

Students run up more funds for project in Kenya

Runners in the Rock 5K race
Runners in the Rock 5K race
Brian and Helen Kennedy with their children, Matthew (8), Sarah (12), and Caroline (9). Picture: Damien Eagers

Ian Begley

It was a day for students to swap their school bags for their running shoes at Blackrock College for their annual Rock 5K event.

More than 100 students and families participated in the run yesterday, with funds raised for a school-building project in Africa.

The fund-raising event was set up by transition year students and Jack Kane (16) told the Irish Independent how all money raised will go directly to the charity Goal and its Machakos programme in Kenya.

"These really good causes help people in Africa build schools and provide them with opportunities that we often take for granted," he said. "Machakos Secondary School in Kenya was constructed with the assistance of Blackrock College and each year TY students travel there to see first hand what the money we raised has done for them.

"Then, in sixth year, students go to Kenya again and help with school construction and anything else they need," he added.

Principal of Dublin's Blackrock College Alan McGinty said giving students opportunities like these is "hugely empowering" for them.

"It's really a great experience and the boys can see for themselves the difference they're making in Kenya.

"The Machakos project has been running for the last seven years and since then we've raised more than €500,000 for the school," he said.

Ronnie Delany, who won gold in the 1,500m at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, made a special guest appearance at the event.

"It's really great to be able to support events like this and support such a worthy cause," he said.

Irish Independent

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