‘Move in May’ initiative surpasses 20,000km
We’ve all had that one teacher in our life whose passion for a great cause gets under the skin of their students. In St. Peter’s College in Wexford, it seems to be a done deal in the PE department with their current and former PE teachers cultivating a great fundraising spirit in students for the last three decades to raise funds for CMRF Crumlin.
PE teacher Shane Roche saw the opportunity to bring students and teachers together to work for a great cause called ‘Move in May’ while also adhering to social distancing restrictions. With a lofty target of 20,000km to cover in the month of May, the students and staff smashed it with one week to go.
“Mick Caulfield started what was called 'Jump for Joy,' which was just for first years only in 1994. Mick used to also run a basketball free throw competition, and when he retired a few years ago I was the PE teacher along with him and I took over. Since 1994 we've raised over €60,000 through these challenges during the summer months of April or May,” says Shane, “with the lockdown, we missed out on the 'Jump for Joy,' Sports Day and on class leagues especially with the nice weather. So the PE department decided to come up with an initiative to get everyone physically active and to keep our traditions with Crumlin Children's Hospital going. It's been going since 1994 and it would be a shame to stop in this current time, and now it's even more important to raise money with events been cancelled or initiatives been stopped due to our current situation.”
Although a fundraising initiative of St. Peter’s College, ‘Move in May’ has achieved great support from the local community. By bringing everyone together virtually, it ensured that former students and teachers also stepped up to the plate to join in the initiative not only in Ireland but with some taking part in Abu Dhabi.
“We organised a Twitter and Instagram account, and we contacted our kids through our online distance learning forums, which are Microsoft Teams or Edmodo. We contacted them to say that this is an initiative that we're running, local business Crosbie Brothers Wexford designed the poster and they donated 2 posters up and around Wexford Town to drive the initiative,” explains Shane, “we just contacted the children remotely, and encouraged them to get out, get active through the HSE guidelines. To be part of something even though we're apart but staying connected we're doing this initiative together - it's not who can run the fastest time or who can do the most. It's 20,000km and we're going to need everyone - present pupils, past pupils, staff and past staff too to reach that target and to donate to Crumlin Children's Hospital.”
“Our aim was to run, walk and cycle 20,000km. So we've had a range from guys walking every day to cycling massive kilometres within their area to running. Mick Caulfield lives near the sea so he kayaks 50km for us throughout the month.”
Three months have nearly passed with the lockdown in Ireland, and Shane is impressed with how connected everyone feels from the school and how much they want to help sick children in CHI at Crumlin.
“When you see them online, sending in their videos and distances through Instagram, you can see that they're enjoying something even though they're apart. They still feel that they're involved in the school and connected to the environment,” Shane says, “we promote physical activity and are always aware that there are HSE guidelines but there are kids in Crumlin hospital who potentially can't even get out of their bedroom for long periods of time due to being unwell. So it's great being connected with the kids but it puts it into perspective for them that they have an opportunity to get out within their distance and get exercising for a charity. I think they have all enjoyed it. We've had massive involvement on Instagram because the kids are on Instagram and they've sent on videos. We have one week to go and we've surpassed 20,000km. We're at 24,000km now and we set a target of €2,000 for donations for Crumlin and we've surpassed too.”
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