with Damien Fitzhenry
Star player Damien Fitzhenry helped to launch the Christmas fundraising
campaign at Ballon Football Club House.
drew an analogy between the team spirit needed to win a Leinster Championship
and that needed to raise money for the clinic in Kenya. Individuals
can't make it alone and it has to be the talents and will of the group
to achieve the results. Damien congratulated the Association for their
considerable progress to date and wished them success for the future.
Chairman Pat Doyle greets Damien Fitzhenry at the Clubhouse
at The Forge
Proceeds in aid
of St.Vincent de Paul & KHA
Photos by Bernie
by The Chronicle
Sister Nora updates
the senior infants on work in progress
for the new clinic. The photo shows the site chosen for this project.
- posted 2/4/04
Pictured here are
Rebecca Webb - Chairperson & Fiona Kennedy - Vice Chairperson of
who presented the prizes to
Bridog Kelly, Mary Flood, Lisa O'Toole, Lauren Swayne, Sarah Feeney
The big egg was
donated by the Play school
amount sent to the Clinic since Christmas is €4526
Well done to all
under way - posted 26/2/04
On a freezing cold
day the students made a collection at the Tullow Mart where
they raised €148.57
Shown here are the Mart manager, John Murphy with parent Christine O'Toole.
The pupils are Rebecca Webb, Emma & Lisa O'Toole, Niamh & Gráinne
Mullins, Caroline Byrne
The parents did
their own thing with a Kleeneze Party raising € 82.65
Elaine Kelly hosted
the party with the K.H.A
CHRIS DORAN LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN:
‘You’re A Star’ contestant and favourite, Chris Doran,
paid a visit to Ballon National School on Friday, February 13, to launch
a fund-raising campaign organised by the children to help build a clinic
in Kenya. Although the children were excited by the TV star’s
visit they didn't’t let it overshadow the real business on hand
which is to help raise in the region of €17,000 towards the cost
of providing the clinic in Muluto in the African country.
Back in September of last year we brought you the story of Ballon National
School’s success in the Irish Independent’s ‘Building
for the Future Project’ when they won the County Carlow section
and a cash prize of €2,500 for the second successive year. The
schools project was based on the setting up of a fund-raising committee
to support a mission in Kenya. Under the banner of KHA (Kenya’s
Helpers Association) the children, supported by their parents, raised
in excess of €2,000 through various events and supplemented this
with a €1,000 donation from their prize fund.
This money was sent to the missions and in particular to The Servants
of the Mother of God where Sr. Madeline Ryan, a native of St. Mullins,
is in charge. Since then Sr. Madeline and the children have corresponded
regularly and only recently, when on a holiday in her native South Carlow,
she dropped in and presented the children with presents including a
map of Africa made from banana leaves. She was back at the school again
on Friday morning for the fundraising launch.
The clinic in Kenya will cost €30,000 to build but with donations
the Sisters have raised €13,000 to date. Now the young pupils are
determined to put a big dent in the remaining €17,000 needed by
organising such events as a disco, a ‘Clean-Easy’ party,
a sponsored fast, a sponsored silence, a barbecue and much more. They
are also placing collection boxes at their parent’s place of work
and in other schools. The teachers are even giving a helping hand by
organising an American Tea Party in Ballykealey Manor Hotel on March
And so its all systems go after Friday’s launch and your support
for any of the fundraisers planned between now and the summer holidays
would indeed be appreciated.
Former Ballon NS pupil, Julie Dowling, Ballon Hill, now a pupil at St.
Leo’s College in Carlow, has set up a branch of KHA in the College.
The working committee
with Sister Madeline Ryan and Chris Doran
Teacher Bernie Mullins,
Sean Whelan, Mattias Oll
Chris Doran, Fiona Kennedy, Gillian Daly
Fiona Kennedy and
Laura Dowling making a presentation of a Baobob Tree to Chris
Singers Sarah Feeney,
Ruth Flood, Julie Ann Kirwan, Caroline Byrne, Emma O'Toole
getting ready for the next Euro Star competition
Even the parents
got in on the action.