Students in Crumlin Youthreach recently asked staff to join them to sing Christmas Carols to raise money for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. This initiative was completely student led and staff here at Crumlin Youthreach were somewhat overwhelmed by the commitment shown by all concerned. This was a joint effort by the students although students Nadine McGuinness and Kayleigh Whelan deserve a special mention as they were particularly driven in relation to this. They had hoped to raise around €400 as they wanted to buy a selection box for every child that found themselves in hospital over Christmas.
However, thanks to the generosity of the customers of the Ashleaf Shopping Centre, they actually raised just a few cent under €2,000 and in just two days. Further to that, they were given the selection boxes by a generous sponsor meaning the entire €2,000 could be spent on other things. Nadine and Kayleigh were very keen to ensure that every penny was spent to directly benefit the children so decided that rather than donating the cash, they would themselves select what it was to be spent on.
While counting the money they realised they had far exceeded their initial aim of raising €400 – however, they had it spent within two hours!!!!They opted to spend €1,000 on art supplies (to be used for art-therapy) and they spent the rest in Smyth’s Toys in Tallaght. Smyth’s gave the girls a generous discount which meant they still had about €180.00 left over. The students then asked their contact at the Children’s Hospital named Antoinette Kelly if they could have permission to give that €180 to a homeless charity to buy sleeping bags as they were happy that the Children’s Hospital had all (and more) that they had set out to do. Antoinette, praising their efforts, said she was delighted for them to divert the last portion of funds raised in this way.
The Carol Singers also made a special appearance at the Mansion House for the Annual Youthreach Special Achievement Awards and pictures of that day are also included. The Coordinator and Staff of Crumlin Youthreach are extremely honoured to work with such lovely people!!
Pictured at the Mansion house are:
Back Row from Left to Right- Ms Bernadette Reilly (CDETB Youthreach Regional Coordinator), Cllr. Paddy Bourke (Chair of CDETB), Ms Jacinta Stewart, CEO of CDETB.
Middle row -L to R: Students Conor Quinn, Kayleigh Whelan, Courtney Hoare, and Nikita Mahon.
Front row- L to R- Teacher Neal Corrigan, Students Kelsey Daly & Nadine McGuinness, Lord Mayor of Dublin Ms Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Students Leanne Collins and Suzanne Lee and of course Santa Clause managed to come along to inform the students that they are all most definitely on the ‘good list’ this year.