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School children raise funds for Australian bushfires

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FUNDRAISER: School pupils from Gaelscoil Faithleann dressed up and brought teddybears to school to raise funds for the Australian bushfires. Pictured l-r: Katie Ni Mhurchu, Emily Nic Ailin, Leon O Murchu, Aideen Ni Bhuachalla, George Mac Ailin and Cian O Nuallain. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

Students of Gaelscoil Faithleann spent Friday (February 28) raising funds to help Australia deal with the aftermath of the recent bushfires which left a huge impact on the country’s environment.

From junior infants and up, the boys and girls dressed up as doctors and brought along toys such as teddy bears. Organised by teachers and parents, the pupils learned all about the Australian bushfires and its global effect.

“They get to learn a greater sense of community,” teacher Helena Ní Bhraoin told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We do lots of fundraisers and all the classes are involved. They were all informed about the bushfires and they all wanted to help. It’s great to incorporate global awareness for the children,” she added.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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