Tuesday 17 September 2019

Shop's act of kindness for students a winner

Brendan Keane

An act of kindness on the part of an Enniscorthy shop has resulted in an 'overwhelming' show of support from the public.

O'Callaghan's Centra in Shannon Hill put up a post on social media on Thursday notifying parents to tell their children if they are in an emergency situation that they can call into the shop to contact their parents.

A noticed posted by staff members Catherine Ennis and Edward Murphy informed parents and guardians that with the darker evenings approaching 'if there is an emergency like your child missing the bus, lift not showing up, or they have no credit to ring you, please tell them to come to O'Callaghans Centra, Enniscorthy, rather than have them waiting around on the street'.

The store will let the students use its phone and the children can also wait in the shop until their parents collect them.

'It may be an option to help keep them safe and warm,' read the notification.

'Just contact the supervisor in-store [and] we hope this will be of some reassurance to you all.'

The store asked people to share the message on Facebook and speaking to this newspaper the shop manager, Robert Murphy, said everyone was taken aback by the response it received resulting in it being shared 708 times within 24 hours.

The post also received 193 comments within the same time period from local people complimenting the store for showing such initiative.

'A fantastic gesture, a little help in time of need' wrote one Facebook user.

'Great idea, well done, hope kids use this option to stay safe,' wrote another person.

Mr Murphy told this newspaper that it's a service the store has provided for some time but with school starting back Catherine and Edward decided to put something up on social media.

'We were taken aback by the positive response,' said Mr Murphy.

'There are two schools nears us here and the community centre and sometimes kids might have to wait because their parents are delayed or whatever and there have been times when you'd see children fretting a bit so we thought it would be better for them to feel safe here and be able to contact their parents if they need to.'

Gorey Guardian