TY students in Desmond College aim to build civic pride

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

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.

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 ‘West Limerick’s Charity Secret Millionaire’ 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 RTE’s ‘Secret Millionaire’ 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.

“Back 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.

“They wanted to help clubs and organisations which might be struggling for money at the moment”.

The 21 students have recorded a charity single, a version of Aloe Blacc’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.