Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Above and below: the students from Tullow Community School who completed a charity parachute jump from 10,000 feet at Clobullogue Airfield, Co Offaly


By Suzanne Pender

TWENTY-FIVE incredibly brave teenagers from Tullow Community School took to the skies recently to take the ultimate leap for charity!

The transition year students completed a charity parachute jump on behalf of Tullow St Vincent de Paul and the Irish Cancer Society, donating almost €8,500 to these worthy causes. The students took on a tandem jump at 10,000 feet from Clobullogue Airfield, Co Offaly – showing nerves of steel as they stepped off the plane.

“It was a mixture of excitement and nerves, but they really, really enjoyed it; it was such a buzz for them and all 25 did it – no-one backed out,” said their proud teacher Brian Larkin, transition year co-ordinator at the school.

“It’s not something that’s normally part of the transition year programme, but it went so well that we are keeping it on for next year.

“Part of the transition year programme is about supporting charities, so the parachute jump doubled up really well, supporting the charities and also offering a real challenge for the students,” said Brian.

The students raised a total of €14,907.70, with €2,627 going to Tullow St Vincent de Paul, €5,780.70 to the Irish Cancer Society, and €6,500 going to the Irish Parachute Club.

The TY students would like to thank their families, friends and all their sponsors for their generous support and donations.

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