CBS students raise funds for famine relief

CBS KILKENNY students managed to raise €906.20 for charity with with a non-uniform fundraiser held on Friday, October 5.

CBS KILKENNY students managed to raise €906.20 for charity with with a non-uniform fundraiser held on Friday, October 5.

Contributions from staff members soon brought this figure above the €1000 mark. This generosity follows a similar fundraiser in May, when €1050.75 was raised by the endeavours of the young CBS men to aid the famine relief in Niger in West Africa.

On Thursday, October 4, the staff and students of Kilkenny CBS were visited by Br Kieran Loughran and Br Tom Costello, who spoke to the students about the Edmund Rice Beyond 250 Appeal.

Their day began at 8.45am, as they spoke to the fifth year group in the GP room, and continued in that vein one class group at a time, until they finished with the first years at 3.45pm. Both men were as passionate and convincing in the finish as they were when they had begun that morning. The staff and students were enthused, educated and enlightened by both their use of video presentation and their accounts of their own experiences, not only of Immersion throughout the world, but their lives in the Christian Brothers community. One very quickly got a sense of what it meant to be a Christian Brothers School and the global nature of the good work being done on many continents following directly in the footsteps of Edmund Rice.

The Brothers’ presentations were all the more relevant and realistic following the school’s recent Immersion Project in Zambia in March 2011. Eleven students and five teachers embarked on the inaugural Immersion Project.

They spent two weeks in the company of Br Mick O’ Donoghue and the Christian Brothers in Mufulira, northern Zambia. They are already preparing for a return Immersion trip to Zambia in Easter 2014.

Those in attendance left the presentations feeling a part of a bigger, special and dynamic group where the necessity was less one of ‘keeping the spirit of Edmund Rice alive’ – as it is very much alive, but more one of taking our place and playing our part in an existing, living and vibrant organisation working on the world stage. Thursday, October 4 was the feast day of St Vincent De Paul and many references were made to the truism ‘in giving, we receive’.