School’s bungee jump for the Hope Foun­da­tion

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

VOL­UN­TEERS will be free-fall­ing in Ark­low this week­end as they help the staff and stu­dents of Gael­choláiste na Mara on the way to their fundrais­ing tar­get.

A group from the school will travel to Kolkata (for­merly Cal­cutta) in In­dia later this year and are cur­rently fundrais­ing for The Hope Foun­da­tion ahead the trip.

Their lat­est en­deav­our is a bungee jump and fun day at Money­lands Farm from noon this Sun­day, May 20. The fun day will start at noon and will fea­ture al­most 50 coura­geous vol­un­teers jump­ing from a 160ft crane. Spec­ta­tors are very wel­come and en­cour­aged to cheer them on. There are a few re­main­ing slot left if any­one fan­cies tak­ing the jump them­selves.

The group will also be launch­ing its grand raf­fle on the day, with fan­tas­tic prizes, in­clud­ing €500 cash, aSam­sung Tablet val­ued at €350 and a signed rugby jer­sey.

Teacher Aaron Mac Fhionnlaoich and school sec­re­tary Fiona Red­mond, along with eight stu­dents will be tak­ing part in The Hope Foun­da­tion’s Schools Im­mer­sion Pro­gramme. The pur­pose of the pro­gramme is to give the young peo­ple a taste of vol­un­tary work and what they can of­fer those less for­tu­nate than them­selves in devel­op­ing coun­tries, with the hope they will want to con­tinue to vol­un­teer in the fu­ture.

Through the Hope Foun­da­tion, the vol­un­teers will work di­rectly with the street chil­dren of Kolkata in the Hope Hospi­tal, Shel­ter Homes, Dump Creches and on the streets. To fa­cil­i­ate the trip, the school must raise al­most €25,000 in spon­sor­ship.

All this money will go di­rectly to the Hope Foun­da­tion and their projects in Kolkata. The group has raised over €12,000 since Septem­ber and it is hoped that the bungee jump and fun day will add to this to­tal.

Lukas Seadaic, Mia Ní Ch­leirigh, Muire­ann Ní Chonchub­hair, Laoighse Ní Eochagáin and Tris­tan Mac Cathmhaoil are ahead of the Gael­choláiste na Mara char­ity bungee jump, which takes place at Money­lands Farm on Sun­day.

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