As a school we offically support five charities:
- Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children
- Youth for Christ - Moldova
- Stand by Me
- Drop Inn MInistries (Christmas Shoebox Appeal)
- Royal British Legion (Poppy Appeal)
Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children
As a school we support the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. This charity supports children, teenagers and young adults living with cancer and their families in Northern Ireland. They offer practical, emotional and financial support to those most in need.
Our pupils are encouraged to bring in 10p each Tuesday to support two charities. The P1 - P3 pupils support the of Youth for Christ (YFC) in Moldova and the P4-P7 pupils support 'Stand by Me'.
Youth for Christ - Moldova
The children raise money to support the work of YFC in Moldova.
YFC has established day care centres in Moldova to bring God’s love, emotional healing, care, and encouragement to the children caught up in a never-ending circle of poverty, as well as supporting families in need within the local villages.
YFC currently work with the following projects:
- Day Centre for disabled children
- Day Centre for children from difficult family backgrounds
- Day Centre for teenage girls
- Working and supporting poor families in the local villages.
Moldova is a small country sandwiched between Russia and Romania. It is the poorest country in Europe with a population of over 3.8 million people, the majority of whom are of Romanian descent.
It is a fragile country with high unemployment, crippling foreign debt, and according to UNICEF, over half the children are living in extreme poverty. Educational provision is poor and thousands of children grow up without the love and care of even one parent.
Stand by Me
The children raise money to sponsor a little boy called, 'Mohammed a'wel. He is in regular contact with the school and provides the boys and girls updates about his general health, schooling and interests.
Drop Inn Ministries
Drop Ministries was founded in 1994 by Ronnie Dawson from Richhill. The charity now has over 30 shops in Nothern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the money generated is used to support christian work in 19 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South American.
In the months of September and October each year, we have a Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. The pupils bring in shoe boxes full of Christmas presents which in turn are sent to children in Eastern Europe. Each year the children normally bring in between 100 - 130 shoeboxes full of wonderful presents for young people who are not as fortunate as they are. It is known in our school as, 'Love in a Box'.
The Royal British Legion
Every year the children support the work of the Royal British Legion by buying poppies which are sold in school.