Portlaoise generosity was on display again recently to support an exciting fundraising night that will help send a group of young lads on a volunteer trip to Africa.
The St Mary's CBS '20K Drop' fundraiser saw eight people from the audience will win a chance to each play in a fun gameshow an be in with a chance to win up to €2,500.
It took place in the Midlands Park Hotel on April 26.
The Zambia trip will see nine Transition Years and seven Third Year students going out for two weeks next February to teach in schools. They were chosen out of many applications after undergoing interviews.
They are: Daniel O’Toole, Jack Delaney, Ben Brennan, Eddie Critchley, James Connolly, Marc Ramsbottom, Kevin Swayne, Alain Carroll, Brian Fingleton, Thomas Dunne, Peter Conroy, Adam Duffin, John Keogh, Michael Rogers, Níall Carey and Ben Dunne.
Each must now find four €200 sponsors to pay for the 20k Drop prizemoney, and then must each raise €1,200 to cover the cost of the trip.
Denis Byrne went along on the night to take photographs for the Leinster Express.