The Taoiseach visits Cork students fasting to support the elderly

HUNDREDS of Cork students are participating in a fundraiser this week to raise money for the county’s seniors community.

The fundraiser is part of a larger campaign led by the Student Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly group, known as SHARE.

As part of the annual event, a small number of students fast daily during Christmas week at SHARE Nursery in Cork City.

In addition, the team collects donations across town wearing their usual yellow jackets.

Today’s attendees had a special visitor with Taoiseach Micheál Martin stopping to show his support earlier this afternoon.

An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, with students and sisters Clíona, Róisín and Ailbhe Carroll who raise funds for the SHARE community in Cork. Photo: Darragh Kane.

“I want to salute the hard work of everyone involved in SHARE. Seeing the students, in all weather conditions, with many fasts, is very impressive, ”said Martin.

“While many of us look forward to celebrating Christmas as a family, these young people are highlighting the needs of the elderly in our community where isolation and loneliness remain a test for many, especially at this time of year. .

“These students carry on a long tradition in Cork and through their efforts represent the true spirit of Christmas and I applaud their excellent work.”

The pupils, who come from various schools in Cork, will gather in Cork City until Christmas Eve.

Students can be found collecting money in yellow SHARE jackets in Cork City today.  Photo: Gérard McCarthy.
Students can be found collecting money in yellow SHARE jackets in Cork City today. Photo: Gérard McCarthy.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, SHARE is also welcoming donations through a GoFundMe which can be found at

Speaking about this year’s campaign, Ronan McAuliffe, SHARE 2021 Executive Chairman, said, “We are determined to do our best to make this our best fundraising year yet.

“Covid-19 has certainly made it more difficult this year, but I’m proud to say that the entire SHARE team has come together in large numbers to raise funds for essential support services in the SHARE community.

“Our gratitude goes to the people of Cork for their continued kindness and generosity which makes a difference in the lives of so many people. “

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