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Students and staff at Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, have carried out some very impressive work for some of the College’s designated charities during the first two months of the Autumn Term.

On Wednesday 20th October, all Year 8 students took part in a fun-filled workout, which raised a magnificent £2020 for LEPRA.  The workout, which lasted just under an hour saw Loreto’s Year Eight boys and girls pull some intriguing and highly entertaining moves which would not look out of place on a dance floor. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the morning and stretched not only their limbs but their vocal chords too.  The exercise session was organised and facilitated by LEPRA, a charity who currently work in nine countries, located in some of the most deprived areas of the world. LEPRA works towards fighting diseases such as leprosy, providing medical treatment and health education, as well as encouraging economic rehabilitation.

Throughout October, students and their form teachers were hard at work collecting and organising materials for the annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the Road of Hope organisation. ‘The Road of Hope’ is a Rasharkin based charity whose aim is to support the children and elderly in Eastern Europe, who have suffered extreme isolation, poverty and trauma as a result of conflict. The shoeboxes, filled with every-day items such as soap and facecloths, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hair accessories, small toys and sweets are delivered annually to those who wouldn’t otherwise receive a Christmas present. This year, an impressive 151 shoeboxes were collected by Loreto’s pupils and these will in turn, bring joy and hope to those who need it most this Christmas.

Other activities during the first Half Term of the academic year included Trad for Trocaire music sessions, and a Cake Sale in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.  As Christmas approaches, the students and staff of Loreto College will continue their efforts in support of a number of extremely deserving causes.  Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all the students and staff who had worked so hard in these endeavours, under the leadership of Social Justice Co-ordinator, Bean Ui Mhaolain.