ST Patrick’s Boys NS in Portarlington has linked up with an Irish charity in Africa to donate school backpacks and uniforms.
For the past few months, the school has been calling on past pupils and those who have outgrown their uniforms to donating them to a developing school in Africa.
While arranging the collection, they were in contact with Donegal priest Fr Eamonn Kelly, who helps out with an Irish charity in Africa called Mary’s Meals.
Mary’s Meals is a school programme that feeds 1,425,013 children every school day in a place of education.
In a letter to parents, St Patrick’s Boys NS principal Pat Galvin wrote: “As a secondary element to their work, Mary’s Meals do the backpack project. This project seeks donations of backpacks filled with a few copybooks and stationery and some items of school clothing/uniforms. Once collected, all of the donations are shipped to Africa, mainly to Malawi. They are then distributed to the schools which encourage attendance by offering each child a meal every day.
“If you would like to get involved with helping this worthwhile charity and at the same time save all our old uniforms from landfill, please bring them to the school on Wednesday 16 October between 5pm and 7.30pm.”
On that evening, Mr Galvin said that a representative from Mary’s Meals will be on hand to collect the donated items, which will then be transported to Africa.
“I’m sure that St Patrick’s BNS uniforms will be worn with pride and will provide much joy and dignity to children who are not as fortunate as our own,” concluded Mr Galvin.