St Aidan's Community School

Student Council working with Simon Community Dec 2019

The Student Council ran an initiative for the month of December in aid of helping the homeless with Simon Community They organised and mad 85 Christmas Care Packs for the homeless and fundraised €475
Student Council working with Simon Community Dec 2019

The Student Council liaised with Mr Casey this month and expressed that they would like to do something in the school to help the homeless. They came up with the idea of making 'Christmas Care Packs' that would be given out to people who need it, particularly rough sleepers in the city centre.

The Christmas Care Packs consisted of basic necessities, a Christmas gift/treat, and a handmade Christmas Card from our students. All of the contents of the Care Packs were made from donations of the whole student body, parents, staff and teachers. We made 85 Care Packs altogether.

Roisin and Andrea who work on the rough sleeper team in Simon Community visited St. Aidan's on December 11th. This visit was extremely eye opening for our students and staff as they spoke about everything they do for the homeless not just at Christmas but 365 days a year! Students listened, questioned and interviewed Roisin and Andrea and found the day very informative. Roisin from Simon Community said of our students afterwards;

"I couldn't believe how well engaged, inquisitive and vocal the students of St. Aidan's were on the issue of Homelessness in Ireland- they blew me away"

Roisin and Andrea informed the students just how vital and appreciated the care packs are to people and even informed students that majority would be given out to people that day!

It was such a great success that we are going to make this initiative an annual event.

We are so very proud of our students for using their own initiative this year and showing such compassion and generosity around this time of year-

Well done to all!

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