Our Lady’s Bower students have been doing their part to help local and national charities over the past number of weeks with a variety of fundraising campaigns held in the school.

6th Year students Nicole Gallagher and Saoirse O’Regan were the brains behind a really fun Colourful Sock Day. The girls came together to raise awareness and funds for two charities. Saoirse, being inspired by International Women’s Day, was fundraising on behalf of Ruhama – an Irish NGO that offers nationwide support to women impacted by prostitution, sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Nicole was fundraising on behalf of the Roscommon branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated each year on March 21st with people being encouraged to get behind their Lots of Socks campaign. Nicole has a special connection to the Roscommon branch of the charity through her cousin Zoe. The day’s fun and colour raised €856 for the charities and both girls were thrilled with the support shown by their fellow students and Bower staff.

March 16th marked Flag Day 2023 and the school’s Student Council organised a wonderful day of activities, during which the meaning of our national flag was celebrated – pride, respect, peace, and inclusion. Students were encouraged to celebrate the very many cultures and backgrounds that make up the Bower community by wearing colours or accessories that represent their culture and heritage. Commemorative lapel pins, supplied by the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation, were sold on the day with all proceeds being donated to Esker House Domestic Abuse Support Service. 6th Year Student Council Representative, Ligia Afedoaei was thrilled to welcome Kate and Mary Kate from Esker House to the school to present a cheque for €250 to the service. The student Council would like to thank all who embraced the day’s many activities.

The Irish Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day was celebrated on Friday, March 24th. 5th Year LCVP students organised the sale of Daffodil pins on the day, and this was combined with a raffle and bake sale in the staffroom. A beautiful hamper filled with past pupil Leah Fletcher’s deDANÚ products was kindly donated by Mrs Liz Gilhooly. The total amount raised on the day was €810. Thank you to all who gave so generously.