Stu­dents jump­ing for joy as fundrais­ing hits €60,000 mark

Wexford People - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

THE FIRST Year stu­dents in St Peter’s Col­lege reached a mile­stone this year when they topped the €60,000 mark in terms of the money they have raised to-date through their an­nual Jump for Joy ini­tia­tive.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per, teacher Shane Roche said it was great for the stu­dents to raise such a sig­nif­i­cant fig­ure es­pe­cially given the fact it’s only First Years that par­tic­i­pate.

He made his com­ments af­ter the school or­gan­ised a fun day event to ac­knowl­edge the ef­forts of the stu­dents in this year’s fundrais­ing event.

‘This be­gan with Mick Caulfield in 1994 and he was re­ally the one who drove it on un­til he re­tired five years ago,’ said Mr Roche.

‘When Mick re­tired the PE depart­ment took it over and have con­tin­ued to run it,’ he added.

The 132 First Year stu­dents raised €3,081 this year alone and Mr Roche said that was a tes­ta­ment to their com­mit­ment and will­ing­ness to help oth­ers.

‘Ev­ery year we get spon­sor­ship cards from Crum­lin Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and the stu­dents go off and get their spon­sor­ship,’ he said.

‘Then we get the money in and present it to the hospi­tal and we are in­vited each year to view first-hand where the money goes,’ he added.

Last year’s money went to­wards the devel­op­ment of a games room and a young ado­les­cent ward but this year Mr Roche is sug­gest­ing the money goes to­wards pro­vid­ing a Cud­dle Cot or to­wards the hospi­tal’s In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU).

Mr Roche said the cause is some­thing close to the hearts of all the stu­dents: ‘They all know of the hospi­tal and many of them also know some­one who has re­ceived treat­ment there.’

He added that the stu­dents ben­e­fit from know­ing they are con­tribut­ing to a very wor­thy cause while the fun day means they can cel­e­brate that fact in a re­laxed way.

‘Some of the stu­dents may not ac­tu­ally re­alise how im­por­tant their spon­sor­ship and fundrais­ing is and the fun day helps in that re­gard too,’ he said.

With re­gard to the Jump for Joy it­self he said that’s done ‘just through the use of spon­sor­ship cards’.

‘It’s a great ini­tia­tive and the stu­dents en­joy do­ing it but this event was just a fun af­ter­noon to thank them for their great work and also to re­mind them how im­por­tant it is,’ said Mr Roche.

St Peter’s Col­lege presents a cheque for €3,061 to Our Lady’s Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, Crum­lin, from their Jump For Joy No Uni­form Day. From left: Brian Cough­lan and Shane Roche, PE teach­ers; Robert O’Callaghan, prin­ci­pal; Daniel McGib­ney, Our Lady’s...

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