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Thursday 13 December 2018

Giving up social media for Trócaire

Mercy College students gave up social media for a day and raised more than €1650 for Trócaire which was given to Ms Janine Heavy from Trocáire
Mercy College students gave up social media for a day and raised more than €1650 for Trócaire which was given to Ms Janine Heavy from Trocáire

More than 100 Mercy College students took part in the Trócaire Lenten Campaign 'Sign Up, Sign Out' challenge to raise much needed funds for Trócaire and to support the amazing work they do all over the world.

First year to sixth year students took on the challenge and gave up social media for 24 hours on the 7th of March.

Some students handed in their phones to the school to avoid the distraction of Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook at home.

On the day, activities were organised at lunch time in the music and art rooms.

Students took part in a sing along with special guest Dave Flynn from Music Generation who played the guitar and sang.

Students also had the option to go to the art room and design, colour, paint their views on social media on a clear canvas, organised by Ms. Coll.

The fundraiser was a huge success and Mercy College raised more than €1650 and are still receiving donations from proud family members and friends.

The religion teachers Ms McIntyre and Ms Kelly assisted in the organisation as well as Cliona Jordan, fifth year student who offered endless enthusiasm and encouragement to the student body.

Ms Janine Heavy, a representative from Trócaire visited the Mercy College on Wednesday the 14th of March to speak to students about the agency's work in overseas development and how the money raised by students will be used to help families all around the world.

Ms Heavey received a cheque for €1612 on the day and she thanked all of the students for successfully taking part in the fundraiser and also the organisers.

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