YSI fundraiser for K.S.P.C.A

As part of their TY experience, the enterprise class participated in the Young Social Innovators competition. Students were required to choose and work on an issue of concerkspca fundraisern in society and to take action in order to make a difference in society and in their own community. Cathal Hickey, Cian O’Sullivan, Jonathan Horgan and David Kenny did stellar work on their chosen project, Animal Cruelty in Kery.

As part of their action project the students not only researched the issue, they took direct action, volunteering at AHAR in Castleisland and organising a school-wide non-uniform day to raise funds for the KSPCA. The princely sum of 510 euro was raised and representatives from the KSPCA were invited to collect their money on Wednesday 20th May.

These KSPCA workers give their time on a voluntary basis to relieve the plight of animals in distress. They see examples of cruelty and neglect on a regular basis and the government funding they receive is just about enough to cover costs for two months. They rely on the work of volunteers and the fundraising efforts of the public to keep operating year 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year. The effects of the Celtic Tiger and the subsequent economic crash are still being felt in the amount of abandoned animals the KSPCA have to rescue and rehome. Another problem is that of exotic animals being abandoned when they are too much trouble as well as animals in the wild being injured. The KSPCA have dealt with snapping turtles, vipers and even a snake slithering down the Mall in Tralee! All in all, a very worthy cause and the volunteers were very grateful to the students of St Brendan’s for their generosity.

The Animal Cruelty in Kerry group so impressed judges in the regionals in Lyrath House in Kilkenny that they qualified for the poster competition in City West in Dublin. Unfortunately they were unable to attend due to other commitments. I would like to thank the group for their hard work, dedication and effort. They embodied the spirit of Young Social Innovators and made a real difference. Go raibh maith agaibh!

Ms. Lyons

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