County Limerick school scores a humanitarian award from Goal

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Three cheers for Caherelly National School: Pupils who took part in a GOAL Jersey Day to raise money for the charity

Three cheers for Caherelly National School: Pupils who took part in a GOAL Jersey Day to raise money for the charity

BOYS and girls in a County Limerick school donned their jerseys to hit a fundraising target for GOAL.

The aid agency honoured Caherelly National School, one of a number of select schools from around the country to be presented with the 2017 GOAL Humanitarian School Award.

The primary and post-primary schools received the award from GOAL as a result of their participation in development education and fundraising activities organised by GOAL last year.

“GOAL established the GOAL Humanitarian School Award in 2016 to inspire humanitarianism in primary and secondary schools across the country,” explained GOAL’s development education co-ordinator, Louise Merrigan.

“We did so with the objective of recognising the efforts of students and teachers to learn more about the realities of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to take action for a better world,” she added. All schools received a special certificate and its name added to GOAL’s Humanitarian schools roll of honour on its  website.

Principal of Caherelly National School, Fionnuala Allen, said the school was delighted to receive the award.

“Our students really benefited from an educational visit from GOAL and were inspired to further investigate global citizenship and children’s human rights as a result,” said Ms Allen.

“They thoroughly enjoyed raising money for those less fortunate by taking part in GOAL Jersey Day, knowing the difference that the money would make after our educational visit from GOAL brought the topic to life. This award recognises the important work we do in the school to promote global citizenship.” Primary and secondary schools interested in a development education visit from GOAL should contact schools@goal.ie