Agricultural students raise €5,000 for Offaly Hospice

FIRST year agricultural students at Gurteen College presented Mary Murphy of Offaly Hospice with a cheque for just over €5,000 recently.

FIRST year agricultural students at Gurteen College presented Mary Murphy of Offaly Hospice with a cheque for just over €5,000 recently.

The students, as part of their Leadership Module, organised two fund raising activities. Forty eight students climbed Croagh Patrick and a further thirty-four students organised a sponsored ‘Shave and Dye’ morning at the college.

As part of their broad training all aspects of these events are planned and organised by the students. Bus booked, food ordered and advice given on clothing and footwear for the climb.

Unfortunately the weather could not be planned and the descent was cold, wet and miserable - the students, of course, were long finished and installed in the local when the rain pelted down on the supporting staff !

A great climb for a worthy cause was endured by staff and enjoyed by students.

The shaving and dyeing of the braver students was performed by the ‘in house’ hair stylists! This event required much more skill and expertise which was obvious in the colour, cuts and finished styles.

The students went out on placement a week later so if you happened upon a green or purple haired farmer, it was most likely a student on placement from Gurteen or perhaps Lady Gaga!

The Gurteen students come from many of the surrounding counties and if you sponsored a student for either event, thank you, their enthusiasm, hard work and determination has been rewarded.

In the current economic climate Mary Murphy of Offaly Hospice praised the young students for their goodwill and financial support.

Mary assured them that their cheque would be wisely spent by continuing to provide palliative care in our local area.