Carol Singing with Damien Fitzhenry
posted 17/12/04

All Star player Damien Fitzhenry helped to launch the Christmas fundraising campaign at Ballon Football Club House.

Damien 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.

Club Chairman Pat Doyle greets Damien Fitzhenry at the Clubhouse

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Carol Singing at The Forge
posted 12/12/04

Proceeds in aid of St.Vincent de Paul & KHA

Photos by Bernie Mullins

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Cheque Presented by The Chronicle
posted 9/12/04


Sister Nora Daly SMG
posted 1/5/04

Sister Nora updates the senior infants on work in progress
for the new clinic. The photo shows the site chosen for this project.

Raffle Winners - posted 2/4/04

Pictured here are
Rebecca Webb - Chairperson & Fiona Kennedy - Vice Chairperson of KHA
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

The Total amount sent to the Clinic since Christmas is €4526

Well done to all concerned

Fundraising 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


‘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 16th
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

Sister Madeline, 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.