Schools team up to show they care

Bray People - - Coastal Clean-up On Give It A Swirl Day -

NEARLY 100 stu­dents from St. Kilian’s and St. Thomas’ were out in force help­ing Coast Care clean up the cliff walk and Nay­lor’s Cove last Fri­day as part of Give it a Swirl Day - the na­tional day of vol­un­teer­ing.

Grey­stones Coast Care had the help of St. David’s while other groups around the county all had clean ups on the same day for the first time and prob­a­bly the first time such a large coastal clean up has taken place in the coun­try.

As part of Give it a Swirl, clients of Sun­beam House ser­vices in Bray also en­joyed a spe­cially de­signed IT train­ing Give It a Swirl Day is an ini­tia­tive of Vol­un­teer Cen­tres Ire­land (VCI) the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion with re­spon­si­bil­ity for de­vel­op­ing vol­un­teer­ing na­tion­ally and lo­cally.

It in­cludes a net­work of vol­un­teer cen­tres na­tion­wide, pro­vid­ing sup­port and en­cour­ag­ing best prac­tice in vol­un­teer­ing. ‘Our vi­sion is for an Ire­land in which every­one - no mat­ter who they are or where they live - has ac­cess to vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that are ful­fill­ing.’

The county Wick­low cen­tre pro­vides a ser­vice which matches those who want to vol­un­teer with op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­mu­nity. There are offices in Bray, Ark­low and Wick­low. ‘We hope to ex­pand through­out the county in the next few years,’ said the rep­re­sen­ta­tive. County Wick­low Vol­un­teer Cen­tre can be con­tacted on (01) 2040885, email info@vol­un­teer­wick­low.ie, or on their web­site www.vol­un­teer­wick­low.ie.

Olivia Car­rick, Martha McCarthy, Jes­sica Clancy, Lucinda Wat­ters, and Lee Hussey from Tran­si­tion Year at St Kil­ians.

Shauna Peare, Les­ley Healy, Ciara Doyle, Sa­man­tha Maguire and Jen­nifer Somers from St Kil­ians.

Ryan Nolan, Chris Platts, Gra­ham Leonard, Aaron Hughes, Stephen Hen­drick and Deniss Ko­valchuch en­joy­ing the clean up en­deav­our.

Ed­ward O’Reilly, Conor O’Do­herty, Thomas Raf­ferty, Dean Whe­lan, Tim Wehr, Liam Ho­gan and Kil­lian Ivory from St Cro­nans.

Back: Sean Maloney, David Quin­lan, Paul Quin­lan. Mid­dle: Jonathon Doyle, Sean Gor­man, Cur­tis Greene, Ruairi Guest, Liam Roy, Don­n­cha Kennedy. Front: Jack Car­roll tak­ing a break from the hard work.

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