The secondary schools of Wexford town have come together to help those impacted by the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. Donning the red and white of the respective nations, students from The Presentation, The Loreto, Selskar College, and St Peter’s showed their solidarity with the many people whose lives had been altered irrevocably by the disaster.
Raising a total of €3006.32 between them, Presentation student and member of its student council Ruby Crosbie said the idea came from the work done by the Wexford Lions.
"Trina (Barnes) is my aunt and a member of the Lions, she told me they were doing a fundraiser in town and that just inspired us to do something similar among the schools,” said Ruby.
One of the Loreto students involved in the fundraiser has been directly affected by the earthquakes with some of her family still living in Syria.
“My uncle sadly passed away, the others are okay, they were injured,” said Yusula who added that she was so “happy and appreciative they were thinking of us and the people suffering.” when Ruby approached the Loreto with the idea.
And Trina confirmed the money would be put to good use by the Lions, with it going directly to Lions International for the provision of temporary accommodation for displaced Syrians and Turkish.
“This is the second time the Presentation have done something like this, they also raised money for Ukraine last year. The whole ethos of the Lions is getting teenagers to help in their community, it’s about giving kids the opportunity to help others and give something back,” said Trina.