Fundraising day for PAWS

IT Sligo students from the Training for Success (TFS) course held a fundraising day in aid of the People’s Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) national charity on Monday 21st March last at the Institute.

The students are currently completing the Training for Success course at IT Sligo which has been specifically designed to ameliorate any negative impact epilepsy may have had on education and employment opportunities. Training for Success was developed in partnership with the Institute of Technology Sligo and Brainwave, The Irish Epilepsy Association. Achieving the objectives of the course will involve a combination of lectures, presentations, project work, individual learning plans, self directed learning, teamwork, site visits, field trips and work experience.

For their fundraising day, the students set up their decretive stand in the main Institute canteen from which they sold a variety of novelty PAWS items including, airfreshners, key rings, and pens.

PAWS was established in February 1997 with the intention to re-home unwanted dogs from their current homes. However, the organisation soon realised the huge amount of abuse, neglect and abandonment of dogs throughout the County and they began to give them shelter and veterinary care. Since that time PAWS, has rescued, vaccinated, neutered and re-homed thousands of dogs nationwide.

PAWS depend totally on the public for funding in order to keep their doors open to abandoned and abused animals throughout Ireland.

One of the student volunteers Ellie Mooney explains;

“The PAWS charity is something that I feel very strongly about, particularly the no kill policy which is one of their key principles.

A close works on behalf of the organisation and it is from this that my love for the charity and the great work they do resonates”.

The group successfully raised close to €700 for the PAWS charity, which they will formally present in the coming days.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thanks PAWS for their assistance in organising this event, the staff and students at IT Sligo for their generosity and of course my fellow volunteers for their tireless endeavours” added Ellie.

ENDS

Photo caption: Left to right – Colm O’Connor, Brian Callan, Martin Dalton, Steven O’Connell, Ellie Mooney, Natasha Brogan, Nicola O’Heir, and Ryan Keaveney pictured at their PAWS stand at IT Sligo.

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