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Moneybox

"Helping others to help themselves"

Moneybox is a charity group within the college which organises a range of different events throughout the year, from which all proceeds go to various charities chosen by the Moneybox Committee.



In the past money has been raised for The British Heart Foundation, Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Bryson House and the Thorndale Family Centre in Belfast (to name a few!).



We would encourage everyone to get involved in fundraising by supporting the many events that take place within school every year. Here is just a taste of what Moneybox have been involved with so far this year.
 
Christmas Activities

Christmas is a very busy time of year for Moneybox.  Each year, Moneybox, in tandem with Bryson House, co-ordinates the distribution of Christmas Hampers to families within the Belfast area. Each Tutor Group (as well as Admin staff!) put together a hamper containing a wide variety of things, from daily grocery staples such as tea, coffee and sugar etc to more festive fare like mince pies, chocolates, shortbread and christmas pud!

The Moneybox team go shopping!

 The hampers get distributed in the last weeks of the Christmas term and it is (very roughly) estimated that somewhere in the region of £4000 of grocery items are packaged up and given to families in need of a bit of help.


Guide Dogs-in-training


Lily the guide dog puppy with the netball team in 2013

In 2011/12 and 2012/13, the Moneybox Society committed to fundraise to help pay the training costs of 2 guide dog puppies. Heather Gilmore, a current parent and part-time staff member, had already completed the first year of training with one dog, Sapphire, and in 2011/12 she welcomed Connie into her home. After completing the year one training with Connie, Lily arrived for her year-long stint chez Gilmore!

Connie and Sapphire - Summer 2011

 

A grown-up looking Connie outside the Chapel