Thursday 17 October 2019

Creagh pupils raise cash for IWA charity

Three students from TY in Creagh College present a cheque to €2,626 to Sarah Louise Fortune of the IWA
Three students from TY in Creagh College present a cheque to €2,626 to Sarah Louise Fortune of the IWA

Esther Hayden

The kind hearted students at Creagh College handed over a cheque for over €2,000 to the Irish Wheelchair Association last week.

The money was raised last November during the annual Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA's) annual Angels campaign.

Last year Selina Power from the IWA Outreach Centre in Ballycanew was the coordinator for the IWA's Angels collections in Wexford and the surrounding areas.

She said that 'Angels' is IWA's national campaign in which we seek to raise funds to ensure that IWA can continue to advocate for the needs of people with physical disabilities and provide services and support to over 20,000 members in their homes and communities throughout Ireland each year.

'The IWA provide a large range of services that help people with physical disabilities live the life of their choosing including driving tuition, personal assistance, day services, sport and activities and independent living'

During the weekend long campaign Angels collections took place on streets and in businesses throughout Wexford town, Enniscorthy, Gorey and New Ross which Selina said 'forms a vital part of the IWA's fundraising calendar and the proceeds are essential in maintaining our services in the community.'

She said that during the November campaign the IWA in Wexford asked local schools and in particular Transition Year students to help with the numerous collections.

'One of the schools that helped us out was Creagh College. The Transition Year students and their teacher Bridget O'Connor helped us to raise a whopping €2,626 for the IWA Wexford.'

Last week IWA member Sarah Louise Fortune and Selina called into Creagh College for the cheque presentation. Sarah Louise had also helped with the Angels collection in November and attends the IWA outreach services three times a week.

Both Sarah and Selina spoke to the students about the services offered by the IWA and also thanked them for their time and effort. The students also volunteered to help with this year's campaign on November 7 and 8.

Gorey Guardian