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Friends' raise £1,750 for Concern

Eileen Adair from Year 10 presents Marie-Clare Gallagher a cheque for £1,750 raised by pupils in Friends' school who participated in the 24 hour Concern Fast.

PUPILS from Friends' School, Lisburn raised £I,750 for Concern when they recently participated in the 24 hour Concern Fast.

The charity helps those across the world suffering from famine, hunger and food crises.

One Year 10 pupil, Eileen Adair, raised over £200 alone after learning about the fast in school. "I decided to take part after listening to my Biology teacher, Mrs Reid talking about what was involved. I thought completing the fast would be a good way to challenge myself and see what it's like for people in very poor countries, who have next to nothing to eat each day. The money was also going to a very good cause, so it encouraged me to complete the fast even more." Armed with the knowledge her parents would double whatever

she raised, Eileen sought sponsorship from her relatives over Christmas.

"My target was £50, but when my parents told me they were willing to double anything I raised, I changed my target to £100," she said. "Having friends participating in the fast at the same time made the whole process easier for me to complete as we kept in touch by text. The main lesson J learnt was to be grateful for what I have and not to take anything for granted. I was really pleased to have personally raised over £200 for Concern and hopefully I will do it again. The school total was £I,750 and we were able to present to Marie-Clare Gallagher from Concern, when she spoke to us recently in assembly. I encourage other pupils to take part in the fast this year."

Ulster Star