Blennerville Pupils Raise Funds To Give Ukrainian Children A Day Out

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Pupils from St Brendan’s NS Blennerville fifth class with parents about to set off on a 5k fundraising walk from the Lock Gates at the canal for Ukrainian refugees in Tralee.

A GROUP of 26 newly-arrived Ukrainian children will enjoy a special day out in Tralee over the Easter weekend, thanks to the generosity of the children of fifth class at St Brendan’s National School, Blennerville.

Having been greatly moved by the scenes on television of families desperately fleeing Ukraine following the Russian invasion, the 5th class pupils decided they wanted to do something special for the refugee families who arrived in Tralee.

They wanted to do something specific for the children, to make their time in Tralee more fun. So the pupils organised a sponsored walk, setting out from the Lock Gates on Thursday evening and walking a 5km route — down the canal walkway to the Marina and back.

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A group of 35, including some parents and siblings, braved the rain and hailstones and completed the walk. A total of €700 in cash – plus some vouchers for Penney’s – was raised by the children who took part.

The money is being given to the Tralee branch of St Vincent de Paul, who — along with the Tralee International Resource Centre – are using it to treat the newly-arrived refugees to a day out over the Easter weekend, including a trip to the Aqua Dome, dinner and shopping for some new clothes.

Junior Locke from the St Vincent de Paul paid tribute to the Blennerville pupils and said the people of Tralee have been incredibly generous to the Ukrainians since they arrived.

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