Presentation Castleisland Giving Back to the Local Community

Presentation Castleisland students pictured with St. Vincent de Paul representative, Liz Galwey with the collection of hamper luxuries donated locally and collected by the students. Included are: front: Deirdre Moynihan (left) and Wiktoria Brozozka. Back from left: Amber Foley, Liz Galwey, Sarah Mahony, Lisa Flynn, Maria Daly, Lauren Butler, Kate O’ Keeffe, Aofe Fleming and Orlaith Buckley. Photograph: Katie O’Reilly.
Liz Galwey, Castleisland St. Vincent de Paul branch representative taking delivery of some Christmas hamper luxuries being donated by Presentation Castleisland students, from left: Kate O’Keeffe, Ballymacelligott; Sarah Mahony, Scartaglin; Lisa Flynn, Cordal; Lauren Butler and Maria Daly, Currow. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Off on Deliveries: Students and teachers from Presentation Castleisland joining Liz Galwey, Castleisland St. Vincent de Paul branch representative as they delived their Christmas hamper foodstuff to the branch base across the road on Church Street. Included are: Wiktoria Brzozka, Amber Foley, Annette Leen, teacher; Aoife Fleming, Deirdre Moynihan, Orlaith Buckley. Ms. Galwey and Pierce Dargan, teacher. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Presentation Castleisland teamed up with its neighbours the St. Vincent de Paul Society to support their Christmas hamper appeal 2020.

“We were very conscious that due to the unusual circumstances families find themselves in this year, demand would be higher than ever for their Christmas food hampers,” said Pres teacher, Annette Leen.

SVP Special Request

Our local SVP office made a special request for items to brighten up the festive season and the students council ran the campaign here at the school.

“Each morning teacher, Pierce Dargan met with student council representative from each class to collect donations and council members encouraged their classmates to bring in items.

Delighted with Response

“We were delighted with the response to the appeal and Liz Galway from St. Vincent De Paul accepted the donations at the school.

“Our donations will be added to the Christmas hampers making their way to local families this week.

“Thanks to all who donated to this very worthy cause,” said Ms. Leen

Castleisland Branch

As always SVP encourages people who need assistance to make contact and not to be embarrassed to do so.

All cases are dealt with in confidence. Please stay away from money lenders is the message from the local branch this Christmas.

Referring to the donation from the school, a spokesperson for the branch centre said it was a wonderful surprise and a fabulous donation to get at this time of the year in particular.

A Difference Beyond Measure

“We are so thankful for the efforts of the pupils and teachers at the Presentation and their donations will make such a difference to those who find themselves in need this Christmas.

“The school donated the kind of goods which people would consider luxuries and would not buy for themselves.

“Now we can add them to the hampers we make up for our clients and that makes such a difference.

“We would like the students and the teachers to know that their donations and kindness will spread more happiness than they might realise this Christmas.

“We know because we see it on a personal level and we see what it means to the recipients,” said the spokesperson.

Making Contact

You can make contact by dropping a letter in the letter box in the archway beside the shop on Church Street, Castleisland or by phoning 087 97 75 643.

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