€20,000 AND COUNTING FOR GAMBIA
GAMBIA YOUTH PROJECT GETS A GREAT BOOST WITH BIG FUNDRAISERS
MORE than €20,000 has been raised so far by Gorey Community School students for their trip to Gambia.
The Gambia Youth Project runs every two years and 25 students accompanied by five adults will head to Gambia in Africa on Tuesday, February 20 for eight days.
The fourth and fifth year students will visit seven schools and an orphanage which receives ongoing support from fundraising efforts in the Gorey area.
Over the past few months, the students have raised thousands of Euro to take with them on the trip and to pass on to the projects in Africa.
‘We pay the teachers’ salaries and pay for the food programme,’ said teacher Mary Redmond. ‘We give a bowl of rice to the children which helps encourage them to come to school.’
Mary said it is a great opportunity for the students to travel and to also experience a developing country and what they can do to help.
‘The money goes a long way in Gambia,’ said Mary. ‘Teachers out there only get paid €80 per month so even if a student raises €100, it still helps.’
One of the projects Gorey Community School has supported over the years has come a long way.
‘Ten years ago this particular building wasn’t even a school,’ said Mary. ‘But now it is a two storey building and will soon have a woodwork room and some IT facilities.’
Mary said this year the late Chris Martin’s father will attend the trip and has organised funds for the construction of woodwork room. His son Chris, a past Gorey Community School student who went on the trip in 2014, loved woodwork as a subject. Chris passed away in 2015 after he took ill at his home.
Mary said on the last morning of their trip they will visit the orphanage and give them money and medical supplies.
Aine Brennan and Rebecca Finn at the ‘Give a Guna for Gambia’ pop-up shop in the Market House. Conor Brennan, Daniel Breen, Eoghan Murphy and Liam Bates at the Gambia Youth Project table quiz in the Loch Garman Arms.
Rachel Fitzpatrick with her daughter Blaithin at the Gambia Youth Project coffee morning in the Loch Garman Arms. Lily O’Toole and Eibhlin Fitzpatrick at the Gambia Youth Project coffee morning in the Loch Garman Arms. Christina Del Rio and Siobhan Fitzpatrick at the Gambia Youth Project table quiz at the Loch Garman Arms.
Gina Kavanagh with her daughter Ella Rose at the ‘Give a Guna for Gambia’ pop-up shop in the Market House. Sharon Feeney and Marian Kavanagh at the Gorey Community School staff coffee morning in aid of the Gambia Youth Project.