On reflection I wonder which of the two, football or the walk proved to be the most demanding? 28 boys took part in the football, 9 started on the walk - 9 completed the walk.
Whilst they had been slogging along, the footballers had also been hard at it since 10.00 a.m.
and with 12 hours completed all were still on the field. It's a pity that no-one kept an account
of how many cups of coffee were drunk or how many cigarettes were smoked as the hours slipped
by, but take it from me that the total was quite considerable.
Not so difficult to keep up with were the number of goals scored - 995 being rattled in before time was called.
As a result of their efforts £132.59p was collected from the football and £56.26p from the walk. The following boys took part:
Football: G.Fitzgerald B.Duffy M.O'Sullivan S.Knight E.Foley F.Buckler B.Durcan K.Sherwin R.Jashieniecki P.Sheehy K.Johnson M.Hughes B.Bennett M.Scanlon G.Moran A.Philip J.Torpey K.Harding C.Grayell D.Waites P.Fry J.Ormiston D.Tann S.Napper I.Parker D.McNeillis E.Durkin.
Walk: R.Alliston J.Anderson R.Buchanan R.Carter P.Coode G.Duffy M.Murphy N.Smyth A.Street.
Some members of the Third and Fourth years also wanted to help with the project and undertook to swim 30 lengths of Highgrove Baths. This they did just before the Easter break and, as a result of their efforts, a total of £69.14p was raised.
The following took part in this effort:
M.O'Connor M.Blamey L.Piechowski R.Bowman C.Hays G.Holland B.McHale P.Kenny A.Swindells G.Richardson S.Hand J.Russell M.Staunton J.Buckler D.Coleman D.Walsh S.Blackburn.
Not to be outdone the First Year also badgered to be allowed to do something and they would not be put off. It was no use saying they were too young or too small; they refused to take no for an answer. They willingly undertook a 12 hour football game and those of us fortunate enough to be present will never forget their enthusiasm or their victory chants. It was quite an occasion. 45 took part and their efforts raised £135.92p. Their names?
A.McNulty M.McIlroy J.Duggan D.Butler M.Atkins J.Sheldon M.Quinn L.Philpot J.Carr T.Hegarty
P.Kennedy Tim ... , friend of P.Kennedy - Tim came along to watch and then joined in to make up
the numbers - C.Gillece V.Pitt M.Allen S.Moore T.Bielicki J.Gibbons J.Redmond D.Brown E.Dempsey
J.McKeown J.Pilny P.Sinclair K.Mustoe M.Creavin K.Kilcoyne S.Rooney C.Moloney K.Devine P.Stack
D.Taylor A.Dobson B.Walsh W.Leahy K.Corbett D.Casey M.Martin M.Daly M.Ryan J.O'Connor
J.Norman-Taylor F.Hill J.Walton K.Higgins M.Howard.
To complete this account, it would be necessary to list those members of Staff who came in to
keep an eye on things to encourage or whatever you like to call it but they would not thank me
if I did so let it be enough to say "Many thanks to all'. As a result of the various activities
above as well as a Lenten collection £29.90p and donations £9.00p, the project closed with the
total of £434.54p being raised.
The sequel to the project was the visit to the School on July 9th of Miss Eileen Ware - the Youth Director of Shelter. The purpose of Eileen's visit was to receive the cheque for £434.54p, and it was presented to her by Kevin Mustoe and Martin Howard, on behalf of the School.
A further talk afterwards to Fifth and Sixth Form members continued the process of enlightenment and was again most instructive. It is hoped that a follow-up talk will take place some time in the new school year, and that other projects will be undertaken to further the work of Shelter.
By Louis Preston