SHARE thanks people of Cork for their generosity

The 45th year of the annual SHARE (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly) Christmas campaign in Cork was a great success, thanks to the open-heartedness of Cork people, according to the young fundraisers.

“SHARE has always been strongly supported by the people of Cork and we are delighted that this year was no different,” said Evan O’Brien, chairperson of SHARE Student Executive. “The support while fundraising over the campaign is a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas and of the respect we should have for every person, young or old. We hope that our presence on the streets has been a sign of light and hope for all who come in contact with us.”

The ‘Christmas Fast and Fundraising Appeal’ is the only fundraising activity which is carried out by SHARE during the year, and the funds raised help the organisation to maintain its housing units for the elderly located in seven centres around the city.

Almost 200 housing units have been provided and maintained by SHARE over its 45 years and funds raised also help them provide services for the elderly at the Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre at Sheare’s Street, Cork on an ongoing basis.

More than 1,500 fourth and fifth year students from 20 Cork schools participated in the campaign which was centred on the SHARE Crib at Daunt’s Square, Cork. The 55 students making up this year’s SHARE Student Executive planned and took charge of running the campaign.

Throughout the year, they also visit the elderly residents in the SHARE housing units and the Day Care Centre to play cards, music, bingo, pool, listen to stories or just enjoy a cup of tea and a chat!