Gorey Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By SARA GA­HAN

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.

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