Innovative Fund Raising!

Fifth Year student Jack Wall O’Reilly had all his hair shaved off  in the Atrium during the morning break on Thursday the 9th of March in aid of the Glenstal Kenya School Project.  Students were more than willing to carry out the deed!

Jack, who will be travelling to Kenya in the Summer with Fr John and other Fifth Years, manged to raise over €500 in the run up to the event!







Background to the Kenya School Project

Fr. John O Callaghan, OSB

The students of Glenstal Abbey School are committed to promoting the education of young people in Kenya. They have a targeted approach and work with a different school each year. This includes the provision of laptop computers, renovation of classrooms (provide cement floors, painted walls and lots of posters), toilets and a water supply. These cost money and our first effort is to fundraise up to €20,000 (minimum) per year. We use any means at our disposal! Cake sales, asking friends / companies for a donation, internet auctions, Carol services at Christmas, trinket sales at sporting fixtures, bike races, parents passing a hat around at work, anything! Every cent goes to meeting our predetermined targets in Kenya; none is spent on our own expenses. Please feel free to participate! Now is your chance, where every cent helps.


In July the ‘Kenya Crew’ from Fifth Years will visit the identified school, Olkiramatian Secondary school. Members include Jack Wall O’Reilly, Arthur Moore, Ben O’Sullivan, Aran Egan, James Fitzpatrick and George Downing. We will live in a nearby wild game conservancy area. We have safe but close contact with the animal world! Our days will be spent with our African peers, sharing computer skills (they love them) and teaching conversational English (they speak Swahili and a little English). We play some sports with them too. We like to think we contribute but in fact we learn how lucky we are!


Not everyone has a tap with instant water, a varied diet, transport to school or considers that they have a future to look forward to!

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