During the week of the February 4 to February 11, a group of 22 Year 13 pupils from Cookstown High School, accompanied by Mr L Forbes and Mrs M Hogg, will travel to the Brasov region of Romania.
On our trip we will be joined with 19 pupils from St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh. During the lead up to the trip pupils have been busy and continue to be busy fundraising to try and raise as much money as possible to take with them. All the money raised will go directly to the poorest of families, orphanages, old people and homeless people in Romania. Not only is it used to bring immediate aid during the week when the pupils are there, but it is also used for sustainable aid which helps those families and orphanages until we return again for another year. Money is spent on the most basic of items like food and clothes which we all take for granted.
A school spokesperson explained: “During the week we visit the villages of Mine 1 Mia and Comana and whilst there we take time to call into the school to see the pupils and the facilities. Needless to say facilities are non-existent and we use some of the money we raise on buying the most basic of items like, paper, pencils and chalk as well as some educational games which the teachers can use with pupils.
“The old people’s home in Sacele look forward to our visit every year and enjoy the sing song and friendship. Again we help with the most basic of items here, for example, leaving money for oil to keep the heating going over the long winter months as well as some personal toiletries for each of the residents.
“Please watch out for our young people in your area. All monies they raise will go directly to those in most need and we wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for your generous support to date.”