Since the completion of their Junior Certificate, 10 Rockwell Transition Year students have been heavily involved in fundraising for the Hope Foundation, in aid of the street children of Calcutta.
With the fundraising almost complete, the campaign has entered a new phase as the students gather clothes, toys and educational supplies for distribution next month, when all 10 students will depart for a visit to Calcutta.
Responsible for promoting this very worthwhile project and driving it forward is Rockwell's Transition Year Co-ordinator Mr Pat Egan.
The fundraising was carried out many different ways and was strongly supported by the communities in Clonmel, Cashel and surrounding areas. Mr Egan and the TY students would like to thank everyone at Tesco Clonmel (management and staff), in particular, Amanda Kelly, for the opportunity of bag packing in mid-October and also 22nd, 23rd and 24th December. They would also like to thank all at Tesco in Cashel and Tipperary Town for the many bag-packing days and opportunities given. Indeed Mr Egan would like to show his appreciation to the many customers who contributed so generously over the last few months.
On October 27, an Indian themed night was held in Planet Spice, Clonmel. The evening was a huge success and over €1,500 was raised. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of Abdul and all the staff.
Other events included were:
In early December, a school disco was also organised and held by the TY students and raised €1,000 on the night.
Continuous donations have been made by The Rockwell Past Pupils Association
Dr. Joan Murphy very generously donated her time and administered vaccinations at no charge to all 10 students intending to travel to Calcutta.
Other fundraisers included bake sales, selling "no junk mail" signs, and a hotdog stand at Dualla fair.
Additional events included: Disco and Cabaret at HQ in Thurles, quiz nights and coffee mornings.
The total raised is €30,000 and still counting. Mr Pat Egan would like to highlight the work and dedication of all 10 students involved, including organising various fundraising events during the summer holidays. Not forgetting of course, the support and cooperation of their parents which has been invaluable to the program.
This year's campaign follows on from two years of successful fundraising when €23,000 and €24,000 was raised respectively. Mr Egan would like to thank students involved in previous campaigns who generously gave up their time to help this year's program.