Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dogs night for Halverstown NS and Teach na nDaoine

A reminder that a night at the dogs in Newbridge will be taking place on Friday next, 19 May, to raise funds for computers for St Joseph’s NS Halverstown, and the Teach na nDaoine project in Kilcullen, writes Brian Byrne.

The school doesn’t have enough computer equipment to provide the ‘Hour of Code’ instruction in basic computer programming to more than one class.

“And even for that, many of the children bring their own or family laptops,” says Nicholas Egan of the Board of Management. “Which is less than ideal, as you can imagine.”

All fundraising this year will focus on buying IT equipment for the school, which is curtailed by budgetary constraints as state funding is based on the number of children in the school. “It therefore falls to us to undertake different fundraising initiatives throughout the year to supplement our grant income,” says school Principal Barry Whelan.

The co-beneficiary of the night, the Teach na nDaoine project, is the provision of a new social support centre for the community and in particular the senior citizens. “The centre will be a place where people can come together for a chat or become engaged in some social activity,” says steering committee member Jacinta Sully. “Eventually we hope that this centre will provide a meals-on-wheels service.”

After securing the lease on the old Dispensary from the HSE, and getting planning permission for the project, construction work is set to begin shortly.

Apart from getting people to go to the dogs on the night, the organisers would very much appreciate sponsorship and advertising support. If anyone wants to sponsor a race or put in an advert, all help welcomed. Sponsoring a race costs €300, a full page advert in the programme €100 and a half-page €60.

Call Nicholas Egan on 086 2498573 and Jacinta Sully on 087 6689028 for more information.