School Enrichment Programme
From time to time Transition year students from the local secondary schools partner with RESPECT to perform various activities to find out more about Daughters of Charity service users and to help raise funds for RESPECT.
Here is an excerpt from their Transition Year Journal detailing their recent visit to the RESPECT Shop on Prussia Street.
“We learned about RESPECT at the beginning of the year, when three boys who had been on the Respect Committee in Transition Year came and gave a presentation about the charity. They explained how they made students more aware of the charity and they also told us about the fundraising they did. One of the things that struck us was that RESPECT help 2,500 people with Intellectual Disabilities and this encouraged us to become involved.”
“RESPECT has many fundraising events throughout the year such as charity balls, golf classics, sponsored cycles, fun runs etc., which help to pay for the care and special housing they provide. RESPECT also has a shop on Prussia Street which helps the charity raise funds by selling clothing for men, women and children as well as bric a brac.”
“During the course of Transition Year we hope to fund raise as much money as possible for this brilliant charity. We plan to have many events involving students from both St.Declan’s College and St.Dominic’s College including a sports day, céilí and maybe a ball. We all know that by being involved we are not only helping people who are not as fortunate as ourselves but we are raising awareness in both schools.”
“On the 20th of October all seven of us on the committee went to the RESPECT shop on Prussia Street. We were divided into groups, boys versus girls. Our task was to dress a mannequin. We dressed the mannequin with clothes that were in the shop. Both teams browsed around the store before choosing our outfits. As we were boys we dressed ours much quicker than the girls. Once we had dressed our mannequin, Sebastian, we priced the items which clothed him. Our overall costs were a little more than the shop would have charged but we were very close to their prices. The girls outfit was nice and was cheaper than ours. Once we had both finished we brought the mannequins out to the front of the shop where our photographs were taken with them. I found the experience very enjoyable. It was great to see all the volunteers working in the shop and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of clothes for sale.”