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Top Trócaire fundraisers at Loreto College Coleraine

Students at staff at Loreto College Coleraine raised a magnificent total of £5240 for Trócaire, during the annual Trócaire campaign during Lent at the College.

Individual students and various form classes were presented with certificates at special Assemblies held at Loreto College in mid May, in recognition of their hard work in support of this excellent cause.  The top fund-raising classes in each year group were: 8D (form teacher Mrs F McCloskey), 9A (form teacher Mrs Loughrey), 9C (form teacher Mrs S McBroom), 10B (form teacher Mr M Gillen), 11A (form teacher Miss R Kirby), 12B (form teacher Mrs G Diamond) and 12E (form teacher Mrs A O’Harte), 13C (form teacher Mrs I Cunning) and 14D (form teacher Mrs O McEwan).   The overall award for Top Fundraising Form Class went to 9C and Mrs McBroom, who raised a wonderful £700.63. This was, in fact, Mrs McBroom’s fourth year as Top teacher and Form Class, a wonderful accolade. Given that she has raised over £2100 in recent years Mrs McBroom was awarded a gold solidarity pin by the organisation itself in recognition of her commitment and enthusiasm to Trócaire’s ideals.

The top individual fund-raisers were Niamh Murray (Year 9), who raised an outstanding £295, while Ellie Dillon (Year 10) and Paul Doherty (Year 8) raised £125 and £115 respectively.  Emily Henry and Tom Magee both raised over £50 and were presented with certificates to acknowledge their generosity.

Mrs Lorraine McCool, Social Justice Co-ordinator at Loreto College, congratulated the students and their teachers on their efforts to raise such a tremendous sum.  Mrs McCool said:

‘No doubt you will have witnessed the harrowing scenes of the bombings in Syria and the desperate attempts for families to escape on life boats, ending up in refugee camps for over two years. You should feel very proud that the £5240 you raised will bring practical comfort to those in the camps and will also provide psychological counselling for the children traumatised by those bombings and the lifeboat ordeal.

‘It can be easy to feel helpless when such destruction and inhumanity is happening BUT there are so many organisations, volunteers and people like you who refuse to let this go unnoticed. Your Lenten efforts breathe positivity into a desperate situation and that is so commendable. I always feel the Trócaire campaign says so much about our Loreto pupils and their kindness and generosity. EVERY donation, no matter how small is a reflection of you working to bring about a change in your world and I thank you for that. There are of course those pupils who go one step further.   When Niamh Murray and her mummy knitted baby chicks to sell for Trócaire, we witness kindness in action and when Paul Doherty and Ellie Dillon went out of their way to raise sponsor money they helped bring about an end to refugee suffering. Thank you also to Emily Henry and Tom Magee, who each raised over £50; to Paul Doherty who raised £115, to Ellie Dillon who raised £125 and to Niamh Murray who raised an outstanding £295.00.

‘A very sincere thank you is extended to your Form Teachers, without whose enthusiasm and energy this amazing total would not be reached.’

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to Mrs McCool and to all the students and staff who had contributed to raising this impressive amount of money during the six weeks of Lent.