March 19, 2012

With a remix of hit single and a twist on a popular TV show, our Transition Year students at Desmond College are hoping to provide a boost to a number of charities and community projects in West Limerick.

On the 6th of December students, teachers and invited guests launched the ‘West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire’ project.

T.Y has been joined by Newcastle West Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club in the initiative and are supporting them in the fundraising activities. The project will benefit a number of local clubs, voluntary groups and charitable organisations over the coming weeks.

Special guest on the night was John Concannon, one of the stars of RTE’s ‘Secret Millionaire’ TV programme, which has provided the template for the Transition Year project.

Transition year teacher Carol Liston explained that the scheme is all about civic pride. “Back in September, the class sat down and discussed problems and issues within their community that they could help under the Young Social Innovators project. They wanted to help clubs and organisations which might be struggling for money at the moment”.

The twenty one students have recorded a charity single a version of Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar”, which will be on sale across West Limerick. The students also plan to hold a number of fundraisers, starting with a primary school colouring competition.

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The young social innovators programme ethos places huge emphasis on young people working with their community. Our TY Students have embraced this ethos by enrolling the help of the Newcastle West and District Lyons Club and the Chamber of Commerce. These organisations are extremely enthusiastic about working with young people, they will no doubt supply the students with encouragement, knowledge and assistance that will be vital to the success of the West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire.

We encourage all parents and students who are involved in any non profit making organisations to ensure that their club or charity apply. It is a fantastic opportunity that should not be missed. Organisations interested in benefiting from the proceeds can download an application form from the West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire website, or application forms are available in the school Reception.

In March, the winning charities will be named at a special gala night.