During the past nine years, large numbers of students at Cashel Community School have taken part in the annual Concern 24-hour Fast which takes place in the first week of Advent.
Thanks to the generosity of their families and friends, sums ranging from €E6,000 to €E11,000 have been raised in various years, placing CCS each year among the top band of schools supporting the humanitarian organisation. School guidance counsellor, Mrs. Margaret Meagher, has been the co-ordinator of the fundraiser fast during those years. In recognition of its long term support, the school has been invited this year to send a small team of students and staff to visit the projects sponsored by Concern in Kenya, particularly in the capital city Nairobi. That team comprising of fifth year students Maeve Walsh and Jake Ryan, chaplain Fr. Bernie Moloney and guidance councillor Margaret Meagher will leave for east Africa on July 10.
Concern, founded thirty years ago by Irish missionary Fr. Aengus Finnucane, operates in numerous countries in the developing world. Among its specific works are the provision of education for the poorest of the poor in major cities and smaller towns. In Nairobi, its projects focus on offering basic education to the children who live in the city’s vast slums.
On their return, the CCS team of visitors will report to the student body and will assist Concern in its promotion work in other Irish schools.