THE pupils and staff of St Broghan’s National School, Bracknagh have won ‘Best School’ in this year’s Rehab Swimathon raising over €500 for Rehab’s local services.
Both pupils and parents, co-ordinated by teacher Ms Nita McLoughlin actively sought sponsorship for the swim which took place in Portarlington Leisure Centre.
Everyone in the group swam a number of lengths and reached the target of 1 kilometre. The Rehab Swimathon took place in 60 pools around the country between March 19 & 25 and all funds raised by swimmers went towards Rehab’s local services.
St Broghan’s prize, for being named ‘Best School’ is a holiday voucher donated by swimathon sponsors Low Cost Holiday.
Clem Walshe, CEO of Low Cost Holidays congratulated St Brogan’s School, “The school’s achievement is really impressive and we are delighted to be able to reward their success.”
The school have decided to raffle off the holiday voucher among all the parents of the pupils who were involved in the swim to raise funds for their own school. Speaking of the school’s win, Mrs Mairead Johnston of St Broghan’s said, “We really enjoyed participating in the Rehab Swimathon and I would like to thank all the parents, staff and pupils who got involved. It was great to be able to use a fun active event like this to raise money for others in our community. Winning ‘Best School’ is the icing on the cake. Ms Nita McLoughlin deserves special praise for co-ordinating the swim and encouraging pupils to participate.”
Pauline Crowley, Head of Fundraising, at the Rehab Group, congratulated St Broghan’s on winning the title of ‘Best Fundraiser.’ “This is a fantastic accomplishment for this school and shows the generosity of staff, pupils and parents. We have raised a fantastic €21,000 for local Rehab services around the country and over 800 people have taken part. A big thank you to all those who took part in this year’s Swimathon and we look forward to next year!”