School staff, gardai and pupils get ready for the walk.
Pink balloons, a big banner and the excitement of over a 150 children created a fantastic atmosphere for a most enjoyable fundraising walk at St. Joseph’s Primary school last week.
Between pupils, teachers and parent helpers 175 people made their way to the Tipperary Hills to complete a sponsored walk in aid of one of their fellow pupils Róisin Price, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.).
Róisin was a pupil of Joseph Beag (St. Joseph’s pre-school for children with autism) for three years during her initial 4-year chemotherapy treatment and commenced Junior Infants at St. Joseph’s Primary School in 2017.
Unfortunately in July 2018 Róisin’s Leukemia returned and she currently undergoing chemotherapy again in Crumlins Children’s Hospital.
“We were devastated when we heard the news that Róisin’s Leukemia had returned and we wanted to do something to help, said Principal Ms. Louise Tobin. “The children sent cards and presents to Róisin and we did the sponsored walk to raise funds for the family.
Ava, Róisin’s sister, is in third class and we wanted to make her day very special too. Ava was the first to know about the sponsored walk and was part of the planning process. On the day Ava proudly held the banner and led the sponsored walk. Our hearts and prayers are with Róisin and her mother Cora and we will do our best to take care of Ava too at this difficult time.”
The pink balloons sailed high in the hands of the children around the Tipp Hills and on return to the school there was a balloon release with special wishes sent into the air to carry the very best wishes to Dublin to wish Róisín a speedy recovery.
“We couldn’t believe that when released, the balloons actually headed North-east towards Dublin. Later that day I spoke to Róisin’s mother Cora who told me that Róisin not only looked out for the pink balloons, but that she says she actually saw them,” added Principal Ms. Tobin.
St. Joseph’s Primary School wishes to thank An Garda Síochána who assisted in keeping everyone safe during the walk, to Joe Whelan’s Gift shop for donating the pink balloons and to all the parents who helped out on the walk and contributed to the fundraising. “We had a huge response with the sponsorship cards that are still coming in so we will be giving a cheque to the family in the coming weeks,” added Ms. Tobin.