Champions of Fundraising

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Champions of Fundraising

St. Aidan’s CBS, Dublin, Ireland

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The organisers of ESCCO 2014 are honoured to have St. Aidan’s CBS, Dublin as our ‘Champions of Fundraising’ for the inaugural European Schools Cross Country Open.

What these students, their parents, the coaches and teachers are doing to raise funds is inspirational.

We want to share their story, about the fundraising projects that these student leaders are doing to come to Gran Canaria in February 2014 to be part of something unique and special in athletics.

We will update this presentation over the coming days and weeks as Alan O’Neill, one of the visionary coaches behind the athletics teams in St. Aidan’s, lets us know of the developments of his squad of athletes in the lead up to the European Schools Cross Country Open in February.

We hope their story inspires many others as it is inspiring us.

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 St. Aidan’s CBS, Dublin, Ireland

Multi National Irish Schools CC Team Champions

Coaches – Alan O’Neill & Dave Hanley

Squad of 26 coming to ESCCO 2014

                    Their Fundraising Events

1. A Cake Sale in the school

2. We have contacted some athletics alumni to see if they will support us

3. We are organizing a Sports Day for all our 1st and 2nd Years. 

4. Non-uniform day

5. Some of the parents are organizing Coffee Mornings. This is great advertising for what we do and are doing

6. FIFA tournament – A number of large screens will be set up in the Hall

7. Bag Packing in our local supermarket – again, great advertising

8. Christmas Raffle with signed Dublin jerseys and Irish soccer jerseys

9. A sponsored run – 26 of us going on the trip. 26 of run 10.2 miles, 46 laps of the track, in under 1.30mins = 10 marathons combined in 1.30mins! No better way to bond all those travelling

10. Instead of all our guys buying seperate sports wear for Christmas, we are all going to meet for the Sales and buy the same kit. Pre-ordered Nike tracksuits. Will save a fortune!

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Clonliffe Schools Cross Country Finals – Wednesday 9th of October 2013

St. Aidan’s CBS Team Placings

  • Minor Boys – 4th Team

  • Junior Boys – 2nd Team

  • Intermediate Boys – 1st Team

  • Senior Boys – 3rd Team   

Winners of the Lar O’Byrne Trophy for overall winning school.

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Champions of Fundraising – Updates

E-mail update from coach Alan O’Neill – (Monday 4th of November)

Hey Andrew,

Just back from a few miles with the crew. 53 guys out this evening in the dark and the craic was mighty. You will love meeting these guys!

This experience is binding the parents together, gelling the athletes together, and inspiring the kids in the school. One of my guys ran home after the Dublin CC yesterday to bake cakes! What a man! Everyone is a winner. Whatever you need us to do to promote the big event, just shout. It will just add another exciting dimension to the journey!

Yours in sport

Al

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E-mail update from Alan O’Neill – (Thursday 7th of November)

Hey Andrew,

Just off the Hill of Howth, banging out the miles. It’s cold, it’s dark, but it is stunning. It really is a great time of the year for training.

So the ’10 Marathons’. I noticed that we have 26 on the trip. Then the golden distance came to mind. I thought could we as a team run 10 Marathons in a given time. So on December 28th, the team of 26 are going to run 46 laps in Santry Stadium in under 1hour 30mins. 10 marathons! Every kid in the school is being given a sponsorship card, and a talk on our journey/destination, and of the course the event. We had planned to do a sponsored walk, but we are runners! My guys can’t walk! We will all wear the same kit, invite all the kids/parents, and go for Christmas lunch afterwards.

Our first fundraising event kicks off next Friday – the FIFA tournament. I will send on lots of pics and lots of info.

Keep her lit!

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E-mail update from Alan O’Neill – (Thursday 20th of November)

Hey Andrew,

I hope all is well with you. So here are  the details of event 1:

Event: FIFA Tournament

Participants: 45 Students

Details: Knockout competition played over 5 lunchtimes

Event 2: Bake Sale this Friday 

Cheers,

Al 

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E-mail update from Alan O’Neill – (Thursday 20th of November)

Hey Andrew,

I hope all is well with you. So we had our second fundraising events following the success of the FIFA tournament.  

Event – Bake Sale

Plan – all athletes travelling to Spain were asked to bake a minimum of 20 buns/cakes. They visited all classes in the school in the morning. At small break they set up a shop and the long break they did the same. Coach Hanley paid a visit to his partners workplace with a delivery also. 3 cakes/buns for €2 and 1 for €1. Awesome. 

Next up – book sale on Thursday. Also selling tea and coffee to parents on Thursday at parent/teacher meeting. We were delighted this morning as one of the parents had a very successful coffee morning for herself and 20 friends. 

Cheers,

Al

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E-mail update from Alan O’Neill – (Sunday 1st of December)

Hey Andrew!

December 1st and the New Year is coming fast! What a week we had. Last Wednesday we were competing in the All-Ireland CBS Championships. It was great to put all the training to good use, and let the legs out. The troops medalled in all 5 races, with some outstanding individual performances. We were delighted to win the Overall Best School at the end of a great days athletics. 

And then it was back to the drawing board with our Book/Coffee Sale on on the Thursday. We held the sale during a Parent/Teacher meeting. We asked the librarian for books that were not being read, and we asked parents for old books. We also set up a refreshment area, and the parents were delighted to get a good book, and a cup of tea as they attended the meeting. We decided not to put a price on the books/refreshments, instead asking for a donation. This was a great idea from the troops, and proved to be far more lucrative. 

We were all delighted at the end of the week and we are all looking forward to a nice workout tomorrow. The weather has been great. It is cold but calm, and the grass is just perfect for running on. 

Onwards and upwards, 

Alan 

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E-mail update from Alan O’Neill – (Thursday 5th of December)

Hey Andrew,

I was very excited about sending these pics to you! During our Wednesday workout, we had a visit from the legendary coach, Bro. John Dooley. I believe he is a great friend of yours. He was on route to Belgrade with the Irish Squad for the Euro Champs this Sunday, and he said he would swing by and check the progress of the squad. What a guy! He regaled us with stories of muddy fields, breaking world records, and beautiful Santa Brigida! We were all warmed up on a very cold evening!

Pax et Spes,

Alan

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E-mail update from Alan O’Neill – (Thursday 5th of December)

Hey Andrew,

Well, well, well! This fundraising is rewarding indeed! One of our key fundraising events took place last Friday, and we are still coming back down to earth.

We booked the Clonliffe Harriers bar for 8 pm. All the troops really got stuck in. We had 30 raffle prizes, ranging from 4 balls of golf at a luxury resort, to a George Foreman grill, to a huge Christmas Hamper. We were hoping for 25 tables, but it soon became clear that we would have to run for more tables and chairs!

So after 10 exciting rounds, the winners were announced, and they kindly gave the cash prize to the troops quest for the Canaries. The raffle went like clockwork, with most tables getting a superb prize. Everyone had a superb night and got home safely. The best part of the night was watching the troops pressing the flesh, correcting papers and dishing out prizes. Before the night concluded, our Intermediate Captain, Brian Flanagan gave a talk to the crowd about the trip and the great adventure the he and his comrades had begun. What a night!

Next up is the School Non Uniform Day. €2 per student followed by an Open Mile Challenge after school. And then it’s off to Carlow to support our running friends in Knockbeg as they have organised a very exciting event – Christmas Relays!

Pax et Spes,

Alan

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