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Sunday 27 May 2018

Transition year student from Creagh College raises €1,085 for Childline

Transition year student Ben Handrick from Creagh College presents a cheque for €1,085 to Ray Traynor from ISPCC Childline
Transition year student Ben Handrick from Creagh College presents a cheque for €1,085 to Ray Traynor from ISPCC Childline

Sara Gahan

A transition year student from Creagh College has donated a cheque for a fantastic €1,085 to ISPCC Childline.

Ben Handrick, who was crowned the overall winner at the final of the Wexford Student Enterprise Competition, donated the money raised from his innovative product Fridge Therapy.

Fridge Therapy is a tin of word magnets which allow people of all ages to leave messages on their fridge to convey their state of mind to those around them. Messages such as 'I need help', 'I'm lonely', 'Having a good day', or 'Need a hug' can be left on the fridge.

Ben sells Fridge Therapy through his transition year Mini-Company which is called Little Elephants Magnets. Fridge Therapy is currently stocked in numerous outlets around Gorey and the south east, but Ben said he has bigger plans.

'I am currently talking to a number of large retailers about stocking Fridge Therapy nationwide,' said Ben. 'I am meeting with ISPCC Childline as they are also interested.'

All profits from what Ben has sold during the Enterprise Competition were donated to Childline and from now on at least €1 from every tin of magnets sold through businesses will be donated to the charity as well.

'Businesses should give back,' added Ben. 'It's not about the bottom line.'

Ben drew upon his own experience of having been a victim of bullying in the past, so he hopes to help those who have also been affected by bullying.

Gorey Guardian

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