Students' festive gift to river rescue
The selfless work of the New Ross River Search & Rescue crew was acknowledged by St Mary's students who donated €1,541 to the charity, having sold festive bows which were displayed on a Christmas remembrance tree outside of the school.
At the beginning of November St Mary's secondary school's Transition Year class, 4.3, were set the task of finding a charity which needed funds as part of their Young Social Innovators (YSI) module.
After doing some research the girls found the appeal that was sent out by New Ross River Search and Rescue volunteers online for accommodation at Pearse Park and immediately knew this was the cause they wanted to support. Numerous ideas were mooted, but a few stood out and made their campaign successful. They organised a bake sale, a trip to Molloy's SuperValu to help local shoppers with their bag packing. People fully supported the charity and helped the girls get closer to their €1,000 goal.
The students decided to sell bows upon which people could commemorate relatives and friends on. The deceased family members' name was written on the bows which were displayed on the Christmas tree outside the school office. The students decorated the tree with colourful lights and this became the Christmas remembrance tree. For their two final pushes to raise as much money as they could, the girls braved the cold by doing a bucket collection in town and another bake sale bringing the grand total to €1,541 raised within a month.
New Ross Standard