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School fundraiser reaches new heights

Getting ready for the sponsored parachute jump at Glenswilly National School proceeds of which will go jointly to the development of the much needed new carpark and also to the Donegal Hospice  teachers Andrew Byrne and Martin Green along the School Caretaker Charlie O Kane will do the jump on the 18th of May. They are pictured  with  Celine Gallagher Sinead Davenport PArents committee  Grace Boyle Donegal Hospice with student  at the school Anna,Eve, Cody and Sarah. Photo Brian McDaid

Getting ready for the sponsored parachute jump at Glenswilly National School proceeds of which will go jointly to the development of the much needed new carpark and also to the Donegal Hospice teachers Andrew Byrne and Martin Green along the School Caretaker Charlie O Kane will do the jump on the 18th of May. They are pictured with Celine Gallagher Sinead Davenport PArents committee Grace Boyle Donegal Hospice with student at the school Anna,Eve, Cody and Sarah. Photo Brian McDaid

The caretaker at Glenswilly National School and two of the school’s teachers will parachute from a plane in May in a fundraising effort to benefit the school and Donegal Hospice.

The caretaker at Glenswilly National School and two of the school’s teachers will parachute from a plane in May in a fundraising effort to benefit the school and Donegal Hospice.

Glenswilly caretaker, “Cheeky Charlie” Kane of Glenswilly; fifth-class teacher Martin Greene of Dungloe and first-class teacher Andrew Burns of Letterkenny are taking on the challenge, jumping from 10,000 feet above the earth.

Weather permitting, the dive will take place on May 18th at Sligo Airport, under the auspices of Sky Dive Ireland.

“It was something I always wanted to do and I was going to do it when I was a lot younger but never got around to it,” Charlie said. “It’s a great way of raising money.”

“It’s one to tick off the bucket list,” Andrew said.

The three men also wanted to give special thanks to David and Sabrina Mackey of the Millview Restaurant and Bar in Newmills, Letterkenny, who are sponsoring their jumps. The Millview will also host the cheque presentation night they hope to hold in June.

The men are making tandem jumps, which means they will each be harnessed to an instructor. A video taken of the jumps will be screened for the children at school and also on the presentation night.

Charlie came up with the idea last year after seeing an advertisement for the skydiving group. “Charlie has a lot to answer for, to be quite honest,” Martin said with a grin.

The Glenswilly parents committee and larger school community were already engaged last year in a €60,000 fundraising effort for a car park for the school -- work on it has started -- and they asked if the men could put off the jump until this year.

“The two boys just jumped on board -- I didn’t have to ask them,” Charlie said.

Half of the money raised will go to Donegal Hospice, where staff cared for Charlie’s mother before her death. “Nobody could do enough for Donegal Hospice -- the care the staff put in there 24-7. It’s just unreal,” he said.

Half of the money will go to the Glenswilly parents committee for school needs. The teachers mentioned one possibility could be iPads for the school, which now has one. The money “will be going back into the school in some form,” Andrew said.

Martin and Andrew have bungee-jumped, but this is the first skydive for all three. “I’ve been on a plane, but I’ve never seen a door open on a plane,” Charlie said.

To make a donation, contact the school, 074 9137342, or Charlie, 0863891846.

 

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