WITH a remix of hit single and a twist on a popular TV show, transition year students at Desmond College in Newcastle West are hoping to provide a boost to a number of charities and community projects in West Limerick.
This Tuesday students and teachers at the Newcastle West school launched their â€˜West Limerickâ€™s Charity Secret Millionaireâ€™ project, which will benefit a number of local clubs and schemes over the coming weeks.
The special guest at the launch was John Concannon, one of the stars of RTEâ€™s â€˜Secret Millionaireâ€™ TV programme, which has provided the template for the Desmond College project.
Transition year teacher Carol Liston explained that the scheme is all about civic pride.
â€œBack in September, two of the classes were sitting down and discussing problems and issues within their community that they could help under the Young Social Innovators project.
â€œThey wanted to help clubs and organisations which might be struggling for money at the momentâ€.
The 21 students have recorded a charity single, a version of Aloe Blaccâ€™s I Need a Dollar, which will be on sale across West Limerick between now and Christmas. They also plan to hold a number of fund raisers, starting with a primary schools colouring competition.
Charities interested in benefiting from the proceeds can download an application form from their website, www.wlsm.tk. In February, the winning charities will be named at a special gala night held at the Gortboy school.
Ms Liston said that over the coming weeks, the students will be adding details of new fund raising events on their website.