Louise Callaghan and Aoibheann Maher, Loreto College, Mullingar, volunteering to collect funds for Concern today in Mullingar.

Generous response to fundraiser for Turkey-Syria Earthquakes in Mullingar today

By Sarah Kirwan

Transition year students gave up their time to raise money “to help the people in Turkey and Syria because it’s so important”, said Kaja Dziadosz, a volunteer from Loreto College Mullingar.

Scores of TY students from Loreto College Mullingar, Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar, and Mullingar Community College were the streets of Mullingar on Friday, February 24, to raise money for Concern Worldwide’s Turkey-Syria Emergency Appeal.

The fundraiser, organised by Brian Fagan and supported by Deputy Robert Troy, aims to help Concern to support the millions of people affected by recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

“There’s a lot of generous people in our town,” said Aoibheann Maher, Loreto College Mullingar volunteer.

“People have gone off to the post office and come back with €50 to donate,” said Masha Apps, Loreto College.

TY students have a tradition of volunteering in the local community and this year is no different. “We are doing this for the people in Turkey and Syria,” said Frankie Lainchbury, Coláiste Mhuire volunteer. “I feel like it’s a good cause, we’re all very happy to be doing this.”

Dominic Cichocki, Mullingar Community College volunteer, hoped to spread awareness about the effects of the earthquakes. “It’s really horrible, what’s going on in Syria and Turkey,” he said.

“There’s people giving us fifty cents, people giving two euro, and people giving €50. Everyone’s doing what they can to help,” said Kaja Dziadosz.

Aidan O'Brien and Matthew Thornton, Coláiste Mhuire.
Kaja Dziadosz, Loreto College Mullingar.
Leah Darby and Rihanna Whilton, Mullingar Community College.
Frankie Lainchbury and Killian Kelly, Coláiste Mhuire.
Dominik Cichocky and Nathan Massay, Mullingar Community College.
Piotr Albinski and Pawel Golonga, Mullingar Community College.


Local TYs volunteering in Turkey-Syria earthquake fundraiser this Friday