Mak­ing their mark

Two char­i­ties in West Cork are to have their names em­bla­zoned on a school’s GAA jer­seys.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

Two char­i­ties in west Cork are to have their names em­bla­zoned on a school’s GAA jer­seys.

St Bro­gan’s Col­lege, in Ban­don, did not have spon­sor­ship for its U14 and U16 teams. So staff high­lighted the good work done by the lo­cal branch of St Vin­cent de Paul and the Ban­don Hyper­baric Oxy­gen Cham­ber,

The U14 jer­seys carry the name of the Ban­don branch of St Vin­cent de Paul, while the U16s carry the name of the Ban­don Hyper­baric Oxy­gen Cham­ber.

The two jer­seys, which were pur­chased over the sum­mer, with the pro­ceeds of fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives by the school and its stu­dents, were launched at a recent event at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of both char­i­ties.

“A number of the teach­ers were talk­ing about it, and they de­cided that, as we had no spon­sor for the jer­seys, they would, in­stead, carry the names of two well-known char­i­ties: the Ban­don St Vin­cent de Paul and the BHOC.

“We held a spe­cial func­tion at which the jer­seys were un­veiled. Both char­i­ties were deeply moved by the ges­ture,” said Paudie Palmer, the home­school li­ai­son teacher at St Bro­gan’s, who added that rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each char­ity at­tended, and spoke at, the launch.

“The teach­ers in­volved in this ini­tia­tive were deeply aware of the very good work done by both char­i­ties and they thought it would be a nice idea to do this — the school does a food col­lec­tion for St Vin­cent de Paul ev­ery Christ­mas and St Bro­gan’s has close as­so­ci­a­tions with the com­mu­nity as a whole.

“We were aware of the work of these or­gan­i­sa­tions and the teach­ers felt it would raise aware­ness amongst our stu­dents of the im­por­tance of vol­un­teerism. The stu­dents will be wear­ing these jer­seys for GAA matches for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

“For the stu­dents them­selves, it was an op­por­tu­nity to hear first-hand from Moss John­son, of Ban­don Vin­cent de Paul, about the work of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. They were also able to lis­ten to Robert Wil­mot, who ex­plained about the ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity, pro­vided by the BHOC, as well as how it op­er­ates,” Mr Palmer ex­plained.

The BHOC cen­tre houses two oxy­gen cham­bers, which are ca­pa­ble of treat­ing a wide range of con­di­tions and which rank in stan­dard with the most mod­ern in Europe and the US. Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble, it also caters for children as young as three months.

School prin­ci­pal He­len Cado­gan also spoke at the un­veil­ing, in the school in Oc­to­ber.

Mr Palmer added: “We were de­lighted, as a school, to pro­mote and cre­ate and aware­ness of both these marvelous or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Picture: De­nis Boyle

At the pre­sen­ta­tion of jer­seys car­ry­ing the lo­gos of two Ban­don char­i­ties were Breda Bar­rett, SVP; stu­dent Niall Des­mond; St Bro­gans Col­lege prin­ci­pal He­len Cado­gan; stu­dent Eli Jen­nings and Robert Wil­mot, Ban­don Hyper­baric Oxy­gen Cen­tre.

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