Molly shows a lit­tle Christ­mas kind­ness

Bray People - - Bray People - Mary FOG­A­RTY

MOLLY COR­NISH, aged 10, from Church Ter­race in Bray, knows that she is a lucky girl. She is well aware that there are peo­ple in her own town, on her very door step, who will be able to en­joy Christ­mas only be­cause of the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple in their com­mu­nity.

For the last three years, kind­hearted Molly has been keep­ing those peo­ple in mind all year long as she col­lects gifts to put un­der the an­nual Ro­tary Club Giv­ing Tree.

Over 250 lo­cal needy chil­dren and the res­i­dents of the Or­chard Nurs­ing Home will open a very wel­come present this year from un­der­neath the tree, which was out­side the Holy Redeemer on the Main Street for the last two week­ends. Many of them will be get­ting some­thing col­lected by Molly dur­ing 2008.

Gifts do­nated by Molly, who is a 4th class pupil at Bray School Project, in­clude jew­ellery, di­aries, paint­ing sets, jigsaws and more. This year was the first time the nurs­ing home was in­cluded in the ini­tia­tive so Molly and her Nana, He­len Mangan, bought a scarf, gloves, and hat set for a 76-yearold lady.

She uses her pocket money to col­lect the presents all year round, and some­times will even put some­thing she does not want her­self in the ‘Giv­ing Tree pile’.

Per­haps she might win a teddy at the amuse­ments, or spot a suit­able toy or gift when away on hol­i­days or out shop­ping with her mum Jan­ice and dad Peter.

One way or an­other, Molly al­ways has her eyes peeled for a bar­gain to in­clude in the ever in­creas­ing pile of presents on top of the wardrobe at home.

‘I was walk­ing up the town a few years ago and spot­ted the giv­ing tree,’ said Molly, who had al­ready been giv­ing some­thing to the shoe­box ap­peal at that time. ‘We re­alised we could do the shoe­box ap­peal in an­other way. I just wanted to show that adults don’t have to do ev­ery­thing. Kids can also pitch in and do their bit too.’

Molly said that she will prob­a­bly keep car­ry­ing out this sim­ple act of gen­eros­ity for the rest of her life. ‘I would like to help out at the giv­ing tree when I’m a teenager,’ she said, adding that she also hopes to do some more fund rais­ing for Bar­ret­stown, a cause very close to her heart be­cause she has a close friend who has had leukemia.

Jan­ice has al­ready set a great ex­am­ple for her daugh­ter, hav­ing taken part in both the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon and the un­usual Play­tex Moon­walk Marathon, a UK breast can­cer event in which the women walk in their bras!

She said that she and her hus­band are very proud of Molly, and they are 100 per cent be­hind her work with the giv­ing tree. ‘She knows she is very for­tu­nate,’ said Jan­ice. ‘This is a won­der­ful way in which she can help other chil­dren at this time of year.’

Other than assem­bling gifts, Molly en­joys spending her time col­lect­ing Poke­mon, Ir­ish danc­ing and looking af­ter her an­i­mals. She also loves spending time with her grand­mother, who lives next door, play­ing her Nin­tendo DS, or do­ing drama in school.

‘This is the 5th year that we have been in­volved with this project and it has grown from strength to strength,’ said Una Whe­lan of the Ro­tary Club, adding that Molly is a re­mark­able child.

‘We have many regulars com­ing along each year, some tak­ing sev­eral tags and buy­ing some won­der­ful presents.’ Una said that many par­ents bring along their chil­dren and get them to pick a tag for a child of the same age and buy that child a present, and many young teenagers spend their own pocket money or a few club to­gether and buy a present.

‘We are very grate­ful to all who sup­ported us again this year,’ said Una.

Molly Cor­nish who has sup­plied the Giv­ing Tree with amaz­ing gifts.

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