Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser
There were scenes of great celebration and friendship in Ballindaggin National School recently when it celebrated Friendship Week and also raised money for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
Speaking to this newspaper about the fundraiser school Principal, Conor McDonald said the organisation was chosen as the beneficiary due to the fact that one of the schools pupils in the junior classes, Ruth Forster, has CF.
'We have a girl in junior infants, Ruth Forster, who has CF and that is why we decided to hold the fundraiser for that organisation,' said Mr McDonald.
The entire school population got behind the initiative which was used to increase awareness about the condition as well as raising much needed funds.
'We all wore purple into the school as that is the colour associated with cystic fibrosis,' said Mr McDonald.
Each of the children also brought in €2 and Mr McDonald said €400 was raised on the day.
There was also a lot of activity in the assembly hall as the fundraiser coincided with Friendship Week when the focus of attention was firmly placed on companionship.
'We sang songs and played music during assembly and it was very enjoyable for everyone,' said Mr McDonald.
Following the assemblies the children and staff also got to participate in an Easter egg hunt around the school which proved to be a big hit with everyone.
The school also presented prizes to children for a competition it held which encouraged them to write about friendship and what it means to them through the medium of poetry.
Mr McDonald said Friendship Week was a great success and culminating that with the cystic fibrosis fundraiser provided the perfect ending to a very enjoyable week of activities.
He praised everyone who supported the initiative and paid particular tribute to the pupils who fully embraced the week.
Local people and some secondary school students also helped raise money for cystic fibrosis as part of the fundraising drive.