Schools team up to show they care
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 email@example.com, 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.