On Monday, 5th February, Kildare Town Community School received a cheque for €3,656.20 following the enormous success of their Christmas Concert with the Society of Missionary Children and world-class artists The Celtic Tenors.  Supporting the Society of Missionary Children and the Acorn Centre (a purpose-built special needs unit for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder) the school choir sang its heart out in St Brigid’s Parish Church on 21st December alongside the Celtic Tenors – Matthew Gilsenan, Daryl Simpson, and James Nelson.  Under the direction of music teacher, Ms Laura Kavanagh, the choir and musicians performed a miscellany of Christmas carols and songs to an audience of over 400, helping to raise funds for both these special projects.  Fr Jude Raj Fernando looks after marginalized and street children near St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, Sri Lanka.  Through their wonderful spirit of generosity, the students and Tenors ensured that Fr Jude could tend to the needs of more than 2,000 children over the Christmas season!  The remaining funds raised from the concert will purchase specialised equipment to meet the specific needs of the students in the Acorn Centre.

Kildare Town Community School has a long-standing tradition of supporting overseas mission and in July this year a group of 21 students and 5 teachers will travel to a small village in East Kenya called Kwakakulu to help Irish Spiritan, and Kildare Town Native, Fr John Mahon, with the construction of a family home.  Participating students and teachers need to raise €2,000 each to cover their own costs of travel and accommodation, and to purchase the building materials needed for the family home.  World Missions Ireland, and the Society of Missionary Children, was delighted to sponsor the cost of a student taking part in this immersion programme.  The National Secretary for the Society of Missionary Children, Ms Julieann Moran, and the National Director of World Missions Ireland, Fr Martin Kelly CSSp, arrived in Kildare Town Community School on Monday, 5th February to thank the students, staff, parish team, and parents’ association for all their support and hard work in making the Christmas Concert the success it was.  Julieann then presented the school with a cheque for €3656.20

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