Castlecomer Community School will benefit to the tune of over €50,000 thanks to the local Eurospar supermarket in the town.
The school and the supermkaret have teamed up, with shoppers collecting loyalty points which will in turn become hard cash for the school.
The launch of the new scheme was held in the school last week, and to kick start the fund raising Eurospar Castlecomer proprietor Willie Forde has donated an extra €1,500 to the finishing of the roof on the new dressing room facilities at the school.
And as the first donation was of a sporting nature it was fitting that the very first guests on the night would be from a sporting background.On a questions and answers panel which delighted the large attendance was the legendary DJ Carey, former Offaly star and RTE pundit Michael Duignan, former Kilkenny selector Martin Fogarty and a Cork hurler - Brian Hurley.
Castlecomer CS princpal Seamus O’Connor was delighted with the turn-out and the response to the panel - and of course the new fund raising venture. Eurospar’s Willie Forde has been in business in the town since 2007, and recognised the need the school has for funding and the development of its facilities. “We’ve always been a big supporter of the school and it serves at least six parishes in North Kilkenny. It’s all about putting something back in to the community and all organisations have been struggling since the recession,” added Willie.
“Eurospar is one of the biggest employers in the area, so by helping the school we are helping local people and their families.” The scheme, which will run over the next five years, will see shoppers collect points as they do presently. They will still be able to redeem their points for cash at the till as Eurospar normally do, but they also double up for school funding. Castlecomer CS is presently in the midst of considerable development at the school.