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December 19, 2016


-SHARE (Students Harness Aid for Relief of the Elderly) Fundraising One Week to Go-

1,800 SHARE 5th year students from 21 Cork schools are bracing themselves for the final push in their traditional fast and fundraising campaign for Cork’s older people despite the recent cold and wet conditions. Wrapped up in their hats, scarves and distinctive yellow SHARE jackets, the students are enthusiastic and excited about the final few days of their once-a-year campaign, which will come to a close this Saturday 24th December.
‘This year’s theme has been all about Commitment. The friendships we have developed through the year by visiting with older people in the community rooms of SHARE have really inspired us to give our all in these final days to raise much-needed funds to keep SHARE going for the year ahead” said Mark Ryan Purcell, Chairman of the SHARE Student Executive.
Mark, a 5th year student from Presentation Brothers College continued saying “I can put my hand on my heart and say that each and every one of the student volunteers is dedicated to the cause of supporting Cork’s older generation. My fellow students are keeping positive despite the weather, and are enjoying sharing a smile, joke or festive greeting with the people of Cork, who as ever are being so generous.  It is a big task to ensure that the work that has been carried out by SHARE over the last 46 years continues for the year ahead.  The services provided by SHARE are services which the older people of Cork have come to rely on, for example some of the funds raised will go towards maintaining 156 housing units for at risk older people, as well as supporting worthy projects such as the provision of 10 newly converted housing units in Blackpool, which is one of the aims for the coming year. We’re learning so much from this experience – the elder people who we meet through SHARE teach us so much about life and the history of Cork as we visit with them throughout the year”.
‘The local Cork media have been very supportive, inviting us on air for interviews and covering both the fast and fundraising campaign. Others have enables us to introduce you to some of the SHARE residents whom we have had the pleasure of getting to know and love over the year by featuring residents’ stores. They have also featured stores on some of my fellow students as we attempt to put into words what being part of SHARE means to us. It is really important to us to tell the story of SHARE and let the people of Cork know exactly where their generosity is going and the fabulous work which has been done with these funds.'
SHARE is synonymous with Christmas in Cork, with the yellow badge being worn with pride on many a coat throughout the festive season and, as their only fundraising campaign of the year draws to a close, the students are hoping for continued generosity from shoppers and business people in Cork City centre and the surrounding area in the days leading up to Christmas. ‘The people we met on the streets make the days fly by for us and encourage us to keep up the good work,” added Mark. “People have been really kind and generous despite the fact that times are tough for many people out there, especially at this time of the year.  It’s this support which keeps us positive in spite of any rain or cold. Their support means the world to us. On behalf of the young people of SHARE, I wish you, the people of Cork, and your families a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas!’
The SHARE Fast and Fundraising drive will be coming to an end this Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve) and by then over 1,800 students will have been involved in the campaign to raise the funds needed to continue to house and support Cork’s older people in their 156 SHARE homes in various locations around the city at Blarney St, Shandon St, Blackpool, Grattan St, Sunday’s Well, Abbey St, and Sheare’s St, as well as providing on-going essential services at the impressive S.H.A.R.E. Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre.
Those wishing to make a donation to SHARE can visit to The SHARE Cribs at Daunt’s Square, Mahon Point, Merchant’s Quay, Wilton, Blackpool, Bishopstown Court, Douglas Court, Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Riverview Shopping Centre Bandon and Ballincollig Shopping Centre.  Alternatively, donations can be posted or delivered in person to SHARE, The Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre, 43 Sheare’s Street, Cork where acknowledgements will be issued immediately.




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