An inspirational graduation ceremony in Donegal

€50,000 target almost reached in record time

Matt Britton


Matt Britton


Cara Bundoran

A number of weeks ago we highlighted the inspirational run by Olga and Grace Gilliland in the Cara 10 Challenge designed to raise much needed funds for a new coach for the St. Agnes Day Centre,
Little did the committee realise the impact their actions would have on the local community and while the full target of €50,000 has not yet been reached, they are very close.
Olga told the Donegal Democrat: “When the Donegal Democrat carried the photograph with Grace crossing the line and the headline, “Amazing Grace” the phones just started ringing from early morning. I was absolutely flabbergasted. It was just unbelievable and I would like to thank each and everyone in the paper for creating the awareness."
On Tuesday last, it was yet another proud day for the parents of many of the service users at St. Agnes Day Centre in the Mill Park Hotel as they watched their children graduating in different modules organised by ASDAN.
ASDAN is an education charity and awarding body: “We provide curriculum programmes and qualifications to equip learners to thrive in 21st Century education, work and life.”
The aim of the organisation is based around independence which offers formal recognition for small steps of achievement towards a larger goal.
Olga said: “It really was a great day and deserved recognition for the carers, the parents and the users themselves.
“There were three other centres from the catchment area and we all joined together for the official ceremonies, the lunch and the disco afterwards - it really was a great day to see them dressed up in their caps and gowns just like other students on their big day.”
Concluding she said: “I cannot say it enough times but myself and all the other parents will never forget the generosity of so many people in this area. They have made a dream come true.”