Fiona Hagerty, aged eleven, adds: “We knew there was a lot of poverty, people who were driven from their homes and now have no houses. What touched me the most was that there are kids there who are our age – just like us.”
The young pupils of St. Treasa’s made up their minds to send a message of hope to young Syrians from Ireland. They decided to dedicate the profits of their annual “Novelty Day” – where children sell used toys and organise games and raffles – to Syrian children in Turkey.
“The children were aware of that image of the boy on the beach that touched so many people last year," says teacher Brian Caddigan.
"It’s a current issue, it’s happening right now. The pupils were really taken by it and wanted to focus fundraising on it.”
Weeks of work went into the preparation – gathering toys from every class in the school, approaching local businesses for raffle prizes, organising games. On the day, the young fundraisers succeeded raising over €4,000 for Syrians in Turkey, which they presented to Concern’s Claire Concannon at their recent graduation ceremony.