The students of one small south Donegal school have set a great example for the whole community when on their own initiative they decided to raise some funds for a very worthy cause.
The pupils of Inver NS which comprises only twenty children became aware of the fundraising by the local Inver Defibrillator Group and decided to go out independently and raise funds in support of the Defibrillator in the community.
The enterprising boys and girls of the small school decided to organise a walk along the Mountcharles sea road and each of them managed to raise their own sponsorship.
Wendy Boyd, principal of Inver NS told the Donegal Democrat, “The pupils surprised everybody by raising a massive €850 which is nearly €45 per child - a lot of people who would have donated to this charity walk would have already made a donation to the Defibrillator Group.
“Apart from the valuable funds raised for such a worthy cause, the children really enjoyed their walk along the shore. Their initiative is a great example of the great community spirit that exists here in the parish.
“If this defibrillator saves even one life, it has been a very valuable walk.”
The Inver Community Group has now just completed the training and bought the equipment and there are 42 people in the community professionally trained in how to use a Defibrillator and CPR.
Sharon Herarty a member of the group told this newspaper, “This is a fantastic achievement by such a small school and these pupils deserve every ounce of praise they receive - they decided to take this on board themselves.
“We have the lifesaving equipment up and activated on the outside wall at the Inver community centre and the new funds received from the children will go towards the purchase of the training equipment to allow us to undertake refresher training every 3 months.
“We will also be able to purchase a training defibrillator.” concluded Sharon