There were mixed emotions in Colaiste Iosagain, Portarlington last Tuesday 5th February when students from the 5th year LCA class donated €2,000 to a leukaemia ward in St James’s Hospital in memory of a former student of the school Martin Slevin.
The money was raised from an auction held in the school on 6th of December, when turkeys they had reared as part of their ‘Mini Company Project’ were sold. The auction itself received massive publicity and was featured on the main evening news on RTE Television and Radio.
Speaking at the presentation of the cheque to Mairead Slevin - wife of the late Martin - school principal Mr. Seamus Bennett said that he was very proud of the class for their hard work and effort and it was great to see the monies raised going to such a worthy cause.
He said that it was an honour for the school to have members of the Slevin family present including Martin’s parents Eddie and Deanna and brother Ger. He said Martin was a very popular and dedicated student who played senior football for Laois. He was an exemplary family man who died while still a very young man after losing his brave battle to leukaemia earlier in the year.
In Thanking the 5th year students and their teachers , Mairead Slevin said that the monies raised would go towards refurbishing the Denis Burkitt ward in St James Hospital where patients suffering from leukaemia remain in isolation and it was Martins wish that modern technology be installed to enable patients communicate with their families via skype etc.
She said that the contribution from the students was a great boost to their fund raising campaign which was receiving great support from the wider community.
The students also gave a donation of €500 to child line from the proceeds of the auction which was the first time that such a project was undertaken by the school.
Ellie Moore, PRO, 5th year LCA, Colaiste Iosagain