Mercy pupils hop for the Hospice at annual fundraiser
Children from the Mercy School on John's Street hopped for the hospice last Friday as they sought to raise funds for one of Wexford's most hard-working organisations.
Now in its fourth year this annual event sees pupils, in conjuction with the school's Parent's Association, organise a bake sale and coffee morning with all proceeds going towards Wexford Hospice Homecare.
Audrey O'Sullivan, who teaches at the school, explains why she decided to arrange this event. 'It started four years ago; we wanted to do the Relay for Life but because it's on during the summer it wasn't feasible, so we decided to do this instead, It's a project for fifth and sixth classes, they sell the cakes, and the parents come in and look after the teas and coffees.'
Stressing that this was not, per se, a bake sale, and that those in attendance were instead invited to make a donation of their choice, Audrey said the day was well-supported by the local community.
In addition to the cakes and biscuits, there was a 'bubble release' in memory of those who have been affected by cancer, this was followed by the prayer 'Oh Angel of God' and the singing of 'A Million Dreams', the song made famous by The Greatest Showman.
The students then recited the school anthem, a song written by sixth class pupils two years ago which highlights the ethos of Mercy School and contains the chorus: 'Thinking of each other, we are family. Loved by God, we'll stand together tall. And united, achieve something great for us all.'
A candlelit relay - using cardboard candles made by the children themselves - around the school's walking track was then followed by an afternoon of music and dancing, or hopping as the title suggests. There was also a memory wall for children and adults who had been directly affected by cancer to write the name of their loved ones.
Audrey revealed that a total of €1887 raised so far but that money was still coming in. She also said that the event had become a popular part of the school calendar and that pupils looked forward to it every year.