The recent news coverage of the Syrian refugees has hit a nerve among society. The images of children, families, whole communities fleeing from destruction has sent shockwaves throughout Europe and indeed the whole world.
We are reminded of how fortunate we really are here in Ireland. Members of Scoil Chonglais, Co.Wicklow felt this sense of gratefulness and decided to act upon it. Teachers Ms.Dixon, Ms.Murphy, Ms. O'Hara, Ms.McCarthy, Ms. Dunne, Ms. Hedderman and Ms.Mulhall took the initiative to set up a donations centre in the school.
The students of the school and their parents were informed of this and over the space of a week donations began to arrive. Expectations were not high, if a few items could be collected to help those in need then the goal of the school would be achieved. It wasn't until the final count on Friday afternoon that the scale of the donations was realised. The school had received 171 bags filled with valuable items such as duvets, jackets, sanitary items, winter clothing, childrens shoes and toys,baby wipes and nappies. Things that people often take for granted but that the Syrian people will surely be thankful for come the Winter months. Standout items such as three childrens prams and a two person sleeping bag were also collected.
The items were moved from the school to the base of the 'Jacket Off Your Back' organisation where they will be eventually shipped to countries like Greece, Turkey and Montenegro where refugees will soon be arriving. The students and staff are not only proud but immensely happy with the results they have achieved and hope that they can really make a difference in someones lives with these items.