Planting A ‘Tree Of Hope’ At CBS The Green

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At the presentation of a cheque for €1,000 to Pieta House by CBS The Green to Pieta House were, in front; CBS students Naiem Abdul, Enda Cahill and Conor Hoare. Back from left; teacher Karen Tobin, Principal Anne O’Callaghan, Con O’Connor of Pieta House and Fr Tadhg Fitzgerald. Photo by Dermot Crean

A CHEQUE for €1,000, the proceeds from a Positive Mental Health Day at CBS the Green, was presented to Con O’Connor of charity Pieta House on Friday morning by the staff and students.

To coincide with the cheque presentation, a tree planting ceremony also took place. Con O’Connor of Pieta House in Tralee presented the school with a ‘Tree of Hope’ to mark the 10th anniversary of World Mental Health Day which took place globally on Saturday, October 11.

The charity behind Darkness into Light, is supporting the planting of ‘Trees of Hope’ in over 100 locations across the country.

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Principal Anne O’Callaghan, in her opening address, thanked the staff and students for their achievement in raising such a generous sum during the Positive Mental Health Day last Friday.

At the planting of the ‘Tree Of Hope’ at CBS The Green on Friday morning were, from left; teacher Caroline Crowley, Fr Tadhg Fitzgerald, student Jordan Kissane, Principal Anne O’Callaghan, Munna Lukes and Con O’Connor of Pieta House. Photo by Dermot Crean

Fr Tadhg Fitzgerald was on hand to bless the tree and principal Anne O’Callaghan tied a yellow ribbon around the tree to symbolise hope for the future.

Fr Tadgh noted that the tree will thrive and grow and continue to bring confidence, comfort and courage to the school community.

The Tree of Hope resembles life and that we must support one another. The hope is that the tree will act as a symbol of hope and unity with those who are struggling with their own mental health.

To bring the ceremony to a close, Ms Karen Tobin, school wellbeing co-ordinator, read the poem ‘Begin’ by renowned Kerry poet Brendan Kennelly.

She spoke of the poet’s admiration of the courage of ordinary people in doing whatever it takes, every day, to just keep going.

In conclusion, Ms Tobin noted that “this poem is a wonderful motto for life, and a lesson in the art of never giving up, and forever being glad to have the ability to experience the birds, springtime, and the ability to ‘forever begin’.”

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