Students in the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles will attempt to break the World Record in April when they seek to have the most amount of breast checks taking place at any one time.
The initiative which is being promoted by their Young Social Innovators group through their project ‘We Cancervive’ follows on from a huge volume of work undertaken in recent times - work which included the handing over of a cheque for 800 Euro to Suir Haven Cancer Support Service in Thurles - a service none of the girls involved in the project had heard of before they started out on their journey.
Now everybody in the Urusline Secondary School knows all about breast cancer and Suir Haven thanks to a special event held in the school last week when all 700 students, plus staff, donned pink bandanas and posed for a photo (taken from a height by teacher Mary Bourke) in the outline of the breast cancer ribbon.
The event was an outstanding success and coupled with the sale of pink wristbands with the slogan ‘Wear and Beware’ breast cancer and all it entails has become a very topical issue in the all-girls school. These wristbands are on sale locally and through Facebook and all proceeds from them go towards Breast Cancer Ireland - Dew Valley Foods in Thurles helped the Transition Year group get the project off the ground with a generous donation.
Everyone in the school knows a lot more about breast cancer and thanks to the students and the staff who have been really supportive of the girls initiatives, they have managed to make a real difference. The funding raised for Suir Haven is very welcome as the magnificent service is run on a voluntary basis and without any grant aid or State assistance. Marie McGrath and Anne Ryan were on hand to accept the cheque and to thank the students for their great work, with teacher Mary Slattery co-ordinating the programme.
The plan is for the Young Social Innovators to enter their project into the junior Dragons Den competition, while they also hope to advance to the finals of the Young Social Innovators if they can get past the first stage in Cork.
See opposite for more information on the initiative.