Local schoolchildren help raise almost €7 million for Trocaire
By Mary Dennehy
TRÓCAIRE boxes are not just a nostalgic reminder of most Irish children’s school days but a formidable fundraising force for Trocaire, which has thanked Dublin schools this week for raising more than €6.7 million in recent years.
Schools across South Dublin County were included high on Trócaire’s list, including St MacDara’s Community College in Templeogue and Our Lady Queen of Apostles National School in Clondalkin.
In 2014, the charity brought vital aid to around 2.4 million people in some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world, with Trócaire also providing emergency aid, supporting human rights, promoting gender equality and helping people to grown food and earn a living.
Jennifer Brennan, from Trócaire’s schools team, said: “I would like to thank schools from Dublin for so kindly and enthusiastically supporting our work with poor communities overseas.
“The creativity of students, guidance of teachers and support from parents and families is hugely appreciated and has made a massive difference to the life-changing projects that Trócaire funds.
“In the past year alone, schools have baked, cycled, written poetry and even rapped to support Trócaire’s work.”
She added: “One of the most inspiring parts of our work is meeting young people in schools who are learning about global justice issues and who care deeply about what is happening in the world. Generous donations from the fundraising efforts of Dublin’s young people are having a global reach”.
“For example, during 2014 and 2015, 110,000 people in Somalia were supported with health, nutrition and education; 288,811 people in Sudan were reached through a Trócaire-supported hospital and 47,050 people in Sierra Leone were provided with support during the Ebola outbreak.
“Trócaire is sincerely grateful to schools in Dublin, for making these critically needed projects possible. Dublin students are making their mark on the world and should be proud of their efforts to build a more just and equal global community.”
Trócaire’s schools team runs a comprehensive education programme that engages young people and educators to make connections between their own lives and social justice issues, and to be empowered to make a positive difference.
Visit trocaire.org/education for further information and fundraising or call Katie Bolger on 6549122.
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