Following the devastating earthquake, the school’s Charity Committee immediately set about raising funds to aid the people of Haiti.
On hearing of the pupils’ fundraising efforts George Best Belfast City Airport donated £5,000 from its Community Fund which was established to benefit community initiatives in the east Belfast and North Down areas.
Principal of Priory Integrated College, Peter McCreadie, said:
“Pupils were moved by the scenes from Haiti and quickly organised a range of activities including collections around the school and some individual fundraising efforts.
“One senior girl was so determined to make a difference that she invited friends to sponsor her for not wearing make up for a day and raised almost £300!
“Another pupil took a collection box to her family’s Holywood restaurant where customers donated generously.
“The school was stunned and elated when the City Airport contributed £5,000 to their fundraising effort. In total £6,100 was donated which we hope will make a real difference to those re-building their lives in Haiti.”
Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, said:
“The pupils of Priory College should be commended for their efforts in collecting what is a considerable amount of money in such a short period of time. Some particular fundraising initiatives were very innovative and more importantly will make a difference to the people of Haiti.
“The airport’s Community Fund has helped many projects throughout East Belfast and North Down since its inception last year and we would urge other groups who are seeking funding to contact us.”
Accepting the cheque for £6,100 and thanking the pupils of Priory Integrated College, Mariclare Gallagher, Educational and Community Officer at Concern, said:
“Concern has been on the ground in Haiti since 1994 and has been able to combine local knowledge with over 40 years of expertise to mount an effective relief operation.
“The funds raised by Priory Integrated College will help provide access to clean water and toilet facilities to over 50,000 people each day and give food and shelter supplies to families in 10 camps.
“We’re working with local partners to plan a long term strategy, to prevent a bad situation getting worse. Haiti was extremely poor before the earthquake and the damage was profound.
“Concern is determined to stand by the people of Haiti and stay for the long term, to help rebuild lives and livelihoods stronger than before – the donation by the pupils of Priory Integrated College will help us do that, and will save lives.”
People can donate directly to Concern by calling 0800 410 510 or at www.concern.net. Concern is also a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) an umbrella group of leading overseas agencies. Donations can be made to 0370 60 60 900 or at www.DEC.org.uk