Roscrea Pop-up shop raises €2,000 for Malawi school of computing

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Roscrea Pop-up shop raises €2,000 for Malawi school of computing

L/R; Helen Collier, Marian Delaney and Josephine Phelan. Picture by PJ Wright.

Almost €2,000 was raised from running a pop-up-shop in Roscrea recently, to raise much needed funds for Malawi.

Thanks to everyone who supported the shop. Thanks especially to Michael Madden for giving us the use of his premises.

Thanks to everyone who donated items for the shop. Thanks to all the shop volunteers, Caroline Phelan, Teresa Mortimer, Marian Delaney, Paula Sutton, Aoife Sutton, Billy Sutton, Lorraine Shaw and June Murphy.

Special thanks to all our wonderful customers who were so generous in their support.

The funds raised from the pop-up shop will be used to develop Lusekelo School of Computing in Mzuzu, Malawi. This is a very small school providing courses in Information Technology, at nominal fees, for vulnerable young people.

This school was set up by Bishop John Ryan, St. Patrick's Missionary Society, (a native of Holycross). Retired teachers have been going to Mzuzu every summer for the last few years. These teachers run an intensive Information Technology course for six weeks. The aim is to help young people get jobs, mentor the tutors, improve the standards in the school and provide much needed resources.

Helen Collier and Josephine Phelan, both retired teachers, from Camross, are travelling to Malawi on 12 May for 6 weeks. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. The population has increased dramatically in recent years and there is huge youth unemployment.