TY students in Garbally College held a huge fundraising day for their chosen charities, the Simon Community and Ballinasloe Social Services recently before breaking up for their annual block week work experience.
The charity drive consisted of a pop-up barbershop, a soccer tournament, a car wash, and a pop-up sweet shop. To add to the festivities a Little Spoon Mobile Coffee Shop van was at the school Concert Hall to provide much-needed refreshments for the school community. In the spirit of the event, the company donated half their turnover from the day to the Simon Community.
The pop-up barbershop was managed and run successfully by a team of transition year students led by Michael Keary, Jack Flaherty, and Ben Feehily. They secured the services of current Leaving Cert student Ryan Fallon, past pupil Kyle Blackweir and two local barbers Declan Broderick and Conor Duane. The Barber Shop operated at full capacity from 9am until 3.30pm. The turnover for the day was €630
The soccer tournament was organised and managed by TY students Tadhg Mc Laverty, Kai Grennan Keighery, Darragh Costello, and Joshua Mc Laverty. They were amiably assisted by Enda Fournet, Conor Kelly, and Eanna Kelly in the smooth operation of this event between 1st year and 2nd year students. Overall, the tournament raised €265.
TY students and 5th year Evan Mc Morrow operated a professional and successful car wash on the school’s campus. Students got through a total of 30 cars on the day. The car wash raised €300.
The pop-up Sweet Shop was a welcome retreat for students during their lunch breaks. Students Eoin Grehan, Jack Finn, Keith Winters, and Luke O Connor operated the not-for-profit shop for the day.
When all the legal tender was counted at the end of a long day, €1587 was raised by the combined efforts of all three TY classes. TY Programme Coordinator Ms. Roisin Mc Sharry and Team Teachers Ms. Fiona Broderick and Mr. William Carr were very proud of their student’s achievement in raising such a large amount of money for their chosen charities. A cheque for €900 will be presented to the Simon Community and a cheque for €687 will be presented to Ballinasloe Social Services the coming weeks .
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