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Cheque presentation to Mrs Mary Creelman, of St John's Parish Coleraine - View Full Size Image
Cheque presentation to Mrs Mary Creelman, of St John's Parish Coleraine

The St Vincent de Paul Youth group from Loreto College Coleraine recently handed over an impressive donation of £1932.89, to Mrs Mary Creelman, a representative of the Society of St Vincent de Paul from St Johnís Parish, Coleraine.

The money donated was raised through a number of fund-raising initiatives completed by the group in the course of the year.† These activities included a bag-packing day at the Coleraine branch of ASDA, the design and sale of Christmas cards by Junior students, the annual St Valentineís Day Rolo sales and a number of other collections.† The group also collected second hand clothing for sale and donation by the charity, and the ingredients for an impressive number of Christmas hampers.

The group, made up of Year 13 and Year 14 students from Loreto College, has also engaged in a weekly programme of visits to the neighbouring retirement home.† The students have enjoyed spending time with the residents as well as organising a number of themed events for their entertainment.

Speaking on behalf of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Mrs Creelman expressed her profound gratitude to the students, who have been led this year by Religious Education teachers Sr Rosemary Gallagher and Mr Kevin Conroy, and by SVP Youth president Sorcha Mellon (Year 14).††† The group was commended for its generosity in helping others by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College.