“A small donation for the next generation” is the slogan the Presentation Monastery in Killarney has chosen for its newly-launched fund-raiser – and it couldn’t be more apt as the national school seeks to develop classrooms, multi-sensory rooms, and a school hall to provide the best for children of all needs.
The school’s ‘MON-ster Giveaway’ has a number of aims, including the development of extension classrooms to cater for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as children with two or more diagnosed learning difficulties.
To entice the public to donate and take part in the December 18 draw, the school has pulled out all the stops, with prizes including a €1,100 Louis Vuitton handbag, a five-star-hotel weekend stay, a four-ball at Dromoland Castle Golf Club, and a signed jersey from rugby starlet and former Lions captain Sam Warburton.
The facilities will also include a soft-play area and what the school has described as “a colourful, sensory-rich outdoor haven”. A new multi-purpose hall, meanwhile, will be almost double the size of the old school hall.
“The new development is a necessity as school numbers have almost doubled in the past 15 years and more space is needed,” said school principal Colm Ó Súilleabháin.
“Extending the school began in 2015 with a three-classroom addition to the original building, and the current extension will hopefully future-proof the school.
“Due to the shortfall in funding, we are appealing to the goodwill of the public to help us to finish the special classes to the standard that the children with the most needs in our school deserve,” he added.
In order to support the school and to be in with a chance of winning, a minimum donation of €10 is required, and contributions can be made through gofundme.com/themon; by phoning (064) 663 3687, or by dropping a donation in to the school.