Limerick school children get their thinking caps on for charity

Owen Hickey

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Owen Hickey

LIMERICK school kids led the way in a new nationwide scheme which raised funds for families in Africa last Friday.

LIMERICK school kids led the way in a new nationwide scheme which raised funds for families in Africa last Friday.

Children from the Salesian School were the first to participate in ‘Hats on for Africa’, a charity event organised by development agency Self Help Africa.

The event was part of a week-long effort by the school to raise funds for African families, with a bun sale and a ‘skipathon’ also taking place on previous days.

Jodie Quinn and Fiona Mocama from second class were all smiles sporting their home-made hats, with Ms Quinn choosing Togo as her favourite country and Ms Mocama picking Ethiopia.

Sister Susan Normoyle, who teaches in the school, said the day fitted in to the ethos of the school to help those in need.

“It’s a wonderful day and the children have had lots of fun. They’ve also learned about the countries in Africa.

“Jenny Dooley Ryan, who teaches here, was out in Africa on the missions for a month and she came back and told the children what goes on out there,” she said.

Organiser Gaye Moore was delighted with the response: “School kids and teachers taking part in the ‘Hats on for Africa’ are encouraged to come to school on the day wearing their favourite hat, or a hat they have made.

“They are asked to donate €2 to the cause, and we will be encouraging the school to take photos, with the best images posted on the internet,” she said.