Students Raise Funds For Charity With Christmas Card Sales

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Breda Dyland, Manager of Kerry Cancer Support Group (second right) accepts a cheque from Mercy Mounthawk Students, Jenny Fox (second left), Amy O’Mahony and Katie Nagle. Also included is Administrator at KCSG, Trish Kelly. Photo by Dermot Crean

STUDENTS from Mercy Mounthawk helped out a local charity and at the same time showed great entrepreneurial spirit during the Christmas season.

Katie Nagle from Ballyroe along with Caherslee girls Amy O’Mahony and Jenny Fox, are Transition Years who decided to enter the Young Entrepreneurs Programme under the name JAK Christmas Cards.

For their project, they decided to create seasonal cards with a Tralee theme. On Wednesday, the girls presented some of the proceeds from the sales to Kerry Cancer Support Group/Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus.

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One card featured a snowy Grand Hotel with a robin in the foreground, while the other displayed an image of the Ashe Memorial Hall lit up for Christmas.

Breda Dyland, Manager of Kerry Cancer Support Group, accepted a cheque for €599 from the girls at their offices on Maine Street.

“We’re very grateful to the girls for thinking up such a great idea. It went down really well with our service users who bought the cards,” she said.

“For young people to raise funds for our services and get our name out there, that means a lot to us. We are based in Tralee and people are starting to get to know that. It’s lovely to see a local school supporting us as it’s normally schools from outside of Tralee who raise funds for the services,” said Breda.

The cards were sold in Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry Bookshop on Bridge Street, That’s Perfect on The Mall, at craft fairs and on the street outside Garveys Supervalu. They sold around 140 packs of 10 at €8 each. Well done to the three students.

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