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