SIXTH form pupils from St Patrick's High
School have spoken of how deeply moved they were by their
experiences when they travelled to Romania recently.
They spent a week visiting orphanages and
other institutions on the school's second relief mission to the
Following last year's successful visit, the
new sixth form pupils were keen to get involved and over the
past few months have raised over £10,000 through Church
collections, a charity football match and a coffee morning. The
group had a very busy schedule in Romania visiting a new centre
for children in Codlea and a special needs school and orphanage
Lee McNamee, Leanda Burns, Laura Matchett,
Ciara McMullan who took part in the recent trip.
The pupils also visited a home housing 150
adults, before going to Timis where they provided a equipment
for the Luncacalnicului School.
The group also visited a bah' orphanage and
an elderly project and on their last day went to a TB clinic to
deliver medical supplies, and then on to visit the Narnia
Project, a venture monitoring the condition of street children.
Miss Shauna McAleer, the teacher in charge,
was delighted to see the results achieved from last year's
"St Patrick's pupils paid for an eye
operation for a lady who could not see properly last year, but
whose vision has been now corrected," she said.
"Hopefully on our next visit we will see the
benefits of our recent relief mission."
She added: "We are extremely grateful for all
the support we received to fund the trip. We would like to thank
everyone for their donations, especially the local churches for
their very generous contribution."
Laura Matchett with a Romanian
Alex Fraser and Aaron 0' Hanlon
with some of the orphans.