Students at Deansrath Community College in Clondalkin took part in a successful fundraising football tournament recently. Inspired by events in Ukraine and the public response to the recent Late Late show national appeal, the students were eager to take action to support the campaign and the wider plight of refugees.
Fifth year student Callum (17), stated, “we wanted to do something that would not just raise money but help people to understand that everyone can make a difference through their actions and words. Sport can play a big part in this. Mr. Corbett has run fundraisers before for Women’s Aid and Pieta House so we went to him and asked could we do something to help”.
Teacher Matt Corbett remarked, “in fairness, the idea came from the students themselves. They were asking about what we could do as a school and a community and looking for practical ways to help. Organising the tournament gave students the chance to raise money, talk to people in their locality and express themselves doing what they love”. The students will continue their fundraising in the coming weeks and expect to raise over 500 euro for the Irish Red Cross and other organisations supporting those in desperate need.