CHEQUE: A cheque for €5,440 from the Christmas Jumper Day was presented to Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch on Thursday. From front l-r were: Kacper Bogalecki, Dermot O’Reilly (KHF Killarney Branch), Hollie Spellman. Back l-r: James Ward, Divine Okhaus and Keelan O’Donoghue. Photo: Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean

Locals schools who came together as one for charity are delighted that their efforts raised over €5,000 which was handed over to charity this week.

Students from St Brendan’s College, who organised the ‘Presents for Palliative’ Christmas Jumper Day on December 8, received huge support from fellow students and staff from St Brigid’s Secondary, Killarney Community College as well as The Mon, Holy Cross Mercy and St Francis Special School, and members of the wider community.

On Thursday, students from The Sem happily handed over the proceeds, a total of €5,440 – to the Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch.

“We started our fundraiser as part of our LCVP course,” Fifth Year student and Chairperson of the fundraising committee, Kacper Bogalecki from St Brendan’s College, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“After having discussed the different charities we came across the Kerry Hospice Foundation. Moved by the nature of services which they provide, we invited representatives from the foundation to come and speak to us about what is involved in keeping its services going. We soon found out about the amount of work that goes into it, and we wanted to be of help. To do so, we knew we needed the whole community to come together. So, we reached out to neighbouring schools and they were more than happy to participate. We were all very grateful for the support that this fundraiser received and would like to thank all the students, parents and others who donated to this cause.”