St Mary’s College honoured at Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards

St Mary’s College honoured at Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards

St Mary’s College in Dundalk recently picked up a prize at Make-A-Wish Ireland’s Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards 2015/16.

The Marist won an award for excellence in ‘Marketing and Communications’ by organising an UPCYCLE Trade Fair from recycled products. The judges found that St Mary’s College had put in a huge amount of effort into the design and making of the products, including; angels, garden ornaments, wind stalks, and sensory products!

Kerry Lawless from St Mary’s College was delighted to win an award with her fellow students: “Making the products went very well, it was a lot of fun and we were very proud of all the finished products. The whole process was enjoyed by everyone and we learned so much through the process. We also hope to continue selling and raise more money for Make-A-Wish as we love what they do for the children.”

The awards programme was created by Make-A-Wish to help translate the ingenuity, energy and business acumen of young people into magical wishes for brave children who are battling a life-threating illness such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and heart disease.

Speaking at the event, Susan O’Dwyer, CEO of Make-A-Wish said: “It’s great to get children involved in fundraising from a young age. Showing kids that you can actually have a lot of fun helping others is an important part of building their characters.”

She added: “The creative talents, business skills and social conscience of all the students really came through in the entries.  Everyone in St Mary’s College, Dundalk should be very proud of their efforts and I would encourage all the students to keep up the good work and push the boundaries, to make a difference to their own lives but most importantly to the lives of our very special wish kids.”  

Winners of the awards received a prestigious “Kids4WishKids” Schools Entrepreneurship trophy for their school, and a professional reference for their CV from the prestigious judging panel, which included entrepreneur, broadcaster and publisher Norah Casey and Director of Marketing at Peter Mark, Jenny McDermott.

For teachers who want to sign up their students to take part in this year’s event, students can carry out their project from now until December 2016. For further details, visit and to apply for an entry form, contact Make-A-Wish Schools Fundraising Officer or call the office on 01 2052012.

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