School's bungee jump for the Hope Foundation
Volunteers will be free-falling in Arklow this weekend as they help the staff and students of Gaelcholáiste na Mara on the way to their fundraising target.
A group from the school will travel to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India later this year and are currently fundraising for The Hope Foundation ahead the trip.
Their latest endeavour is a bungee jump and fun day at Moneylands Farm from noon this Sunday, May 20. The fun day will start at noon and will feature almost 50 courageous volunteers jumping from a 160ft crane. Spectators are very welcome and encouraged to cheer them on. There are a few remaining slot left if anyone fancies taking the jump themselves.
The group will also be launching its grand raffle on the day, with fantastic prizes, including €500 cash, aSamsung Tablet valued at €350 and a signed rugby jersey.
Teacher Aaron Mac Fhionnlaoich and school secretary Fiona Redmond, along with eight students will be taking part in The Hope Foundation's Schools Immersion Programme. The purpose of the programme is to give the young people a taste of voluntary work and what they can offer those less fortunate than themselves in developing countries, with the hope they will want to continue to volunteer in the future.
Through the Hope Foundation, the volunteers will work directly with the street children of Kolkata in the Hope Hospital, Shelter Homes, Dump Creches and on the streets. To faciliate the trip, the school must raise almost €25,000 in sponsorship.
All this money will go directly to the Hope Foundation and their projects in Kolkata. The group has raised over €12,000 since September and it is hoped that the bungee jump and fun day will add to this total.