Glenstal Abbey School students organised a fundraising dinner to launch their Around Ireland Cycle to help raise money for Crumlin Children’s Hospital at the Oakwood Arms Hotel in Shannon last Thursday.
The transition years have been working hard on the event since they arrived back in school last September. The preparation included finding a suitable venue, training the TYs as waiters, raising funds for the auction and raffle, arranging the entertainers and lots more. All students who will be partaking in the cycle had a role in organising the event.
Glenstal housemaster and the man behind the event, Paul Huntly said they were absolutely delighted with the excellent start to the campaign for “this most worthy of causes”.
“The omens look good that we will reach our eventual target of €100,000. The money raised at the dinner has now started the fundraising for this project in earnest,” said Mr Huntly.
Students began proceedings with a dancing rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller in which everyone participated - some more than others! This was followed by songs performed by TY students, which included a stunning version of Do They Know it’s Christmas.
As the newly-trained waiters served the courses, musicians in the group played chilled-out background music until it was time for the auction which proved to be a huge success. It raised €3,750.
Raffle tickets were completely sold out within 15 minutes, raising even more money for the campaign.
After dessert, the bands took to the stage to play out the night with Brown Eyed Girl bringing the proceedings to a rousing close. The students were tired but elated and departed with the feeling that they are on the way to achieving their target for Crumlin Childrens Hospital.
In total, the night brought in more than €7,000 for the cycle which is set to run from March 15-28. The transition year students gave a big thanks to Mairead O’Sullivan, Karen Barrett and Mr Huntly for helping them organise the night, which was something they will always remember.
For more information on the cycle or to donate contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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