Par­ents and teach­ers dress up for fundraiser

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

Par­ents dressed up as lol­lipop men and wore funny hats dec­o­rated with ev­ery­thing from dan­gling cans to but­ter­flies to win a per­pet­ual tro­phy, and raise more than €3,000 for equip­ment for a West Cork school.

Around 170 par­ents and teach­ers com­peted for the tro­phy as part of a fundrais­ing event for Scoil na mBuachailli in Clon­akilty, rais­ing money towards the cost of a spe­cial sen­sory room and an ath­let­ics track for the boys’ school.

The guests, which in­cluded par­ents and teach­ers, all brought home-made food to what was the school’s third an­nual Tea Party, and did their ut­most to come up with the most un­usual and colour­fully-themed din­ing ta­ble in or­der to win the Per­pet­ual Cup.

The par­ents of sixth class pupils, who donned a va­ri­ety of funny, imag­i­na­tive hats, each rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties their sons had en­gaged in dur­ing their time at the school, won the prize.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was for the most un­usual, best-dec­o­rated, and fun ta­ble and par­ents and teach­ers com­peted to win on the ba­sis of hav­ing the best ta­ble on the night,” said Eileen Collins, chair­per­son of the school’s Par­ent’s As­so­ci­a­tion and one of the co-or­di­na­tors of the event, which was held in the GAA Com­plex in Ahamilla.

“The win­ners com­prised of the par­ents of sixth class pupils,” she said, adding that this ta­ble’s range of hi­lar­i­ously-themed hats rep­re­sented ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties their sons had en­gaged in be­tween 2010 when they started as junior in­fants, through to the sum­mer of 2018 when they leave for sec­ond-level. Mums and dads sported head-gear, rep­re­sent­ing ev­ery­thing from mu­sic and sports to char­i­ta­ble fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Peo­ple had a great night, and it was a huge suc­cess,” Ms Collins said, adding that the Car­bery Rangers Bal­lad group, win­ners of the all-Ire­land Scór fi­nals, pro­vided live en­ter­tain­ment

Par­ents of first class stu­dents at Scoil na mBuachaillí who took part in a fundrais­ing event which brought in more than €3,000 for equip­ment.

Teacher’s ta­ble at the fundraiser for Scoil na mBuachailli, Anna Kingston, Karen O’Re­gan, Marie Hayes and Ni­amh Ma­cAuley

Colm Mur­nane, Mary Mur­nane, Fi­nola O’Dono­van and Seán White at the fundrais­ing event for Scoil na mBuachaillí.

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