rockwell to india
Rockwell College students raise €40,000 and then head to India to give hands-on help
On Tuesday February 4th, Hope Ambassador and past pupil, Denis Leamy, former Munster and Ireland international rugby star, visited Rockwell College and was presented with a cheque for €40,000 on behalf of the Rockwell Transition Year group.
The presentation preceded their departure on February 13th, when 16 Rockwell TY students travelled to the slums of Kolkata in India for one week of aid work.
Each of these students has taken on the challenge of raising at least €2,300, in addition to funding their own flights and accommodation. This money will contribute to the provision of basic numeracy and literacy tuition to the forgotten children of Kolkata, while also providing shelter and refuge to victims of abuse of all kinds and also to many orphaned and children with special needs.
The work began in May 2013 when the then Third Year students set their goals and formulated their strategies in order to raise their individual and collective targets.
Benefit nights, pub quizzes, non-uniform days, raffles, bake sales, coffee mornings and of course hours of bag packing in the local supermarkets were planned and executed. This work could not have taken place without the hard work and dedication of the students, parents and their T.Y co-ordinator Mr Pat Egan.
While this is the sixth time that Rockwell TYs have undertaken such a task, this is by far the biggest and most impressive campaign, not least because of the size of the group travelling but also given the current difficult economic environment.
All students wish to thank all those who contributed, especially Amanda Kelly and Eithne Knox and all of the staff of Tesco Clonmel who allocated the lucrative Christmas bag slots and who have always supported us in every way possible.