Charity Events

The Simon Community Blanket Collection

December 20, 2017


Dec 2017: Ms Liston’s 3rd Year Rang Gemma class who held a blanket collection in Desmond College in aid of the Simon Community
Ms Liston’s 3rd Year Rang Gemma class who held a blanket collection in Desmond College in aid of the Simon Community.

Desmond College Raise much need funds for Sudan

November 20, 2017

Desmond College held a non-uniform day to raise much needs funds for Sudan.

Bridget Philips, a past pupil of Desmond College, will travel to Sudan and volunteer as a nurse. The money raised will go towards getting vaccines for children.


Nov 2017: Desmond College Students pictured with Bridget Philips (past pupil) who will travel to Sudan and Volunteer as a nurse
Mairéad Ryan, Yvonne Leahy and Victoria Brouder pictured with Bridget Philips (past pupil) who will travel to Sudan and Volunteer as a nurse.

Shoebox Appeal

November 17, 2017


Nov 2017: Desmond College students pictured with their shoeboxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Kathryn O’Sullivan, Clodagh Flatley & Lydia Murphy pictured with their shoeboxes.
The 3 buddies came up with their list, went shopping together and decorated their boxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Transition Year Students Collecting Money
for the Irish Society for Autism

October 17, 2017


October 2017: Desmond College Post Primary School students collecting for Autism
Genevieve Collins and Sarah Leahy fundraising for the Irish Society for Autism.


October 2017: Desmond College Post Primary School students collecting for Autism
Latina Massey and Cliona Blenkinsop fundraising for the Irish Society for Autism.


October 2017: Desmond College Post Primary School students collecting for Autism
Jack Corkery and Bryan Mortell fundraising for the Irish Society for Autism.


October 2017: Desmond College Post Primary School students collecting for Autism
Robert O Donovan and Evan Condon fundraising for the Irish Society for Autism.

Kollect4Kolkata

April 12, 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who so generously donated items for Rang Geraldine’s “Kollect4Kolkata” in aid of the HOPE foundation.

The class are pictured here with four of the Transition year students who will travel to India next week with there suitcases full up with gifts for the street and slum children of Kolkata.

Best of Luck to Ms Aisling Ryan and Ms Joan Nicholas along with students Roz Barrett, Hannah McMahon, Alice Duffy, Thomas Curtin and Darragh Collins who will travel to Kolkata this week to volunteer.


April 2017: Kollect4Kolkata, Desmond College Transition Year volunteers who collected for the street and slum children.

Kollect4Kolkata

April 12, 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who so generously donated items for Rang Geraldine’s “Kollect4Kolkata” in aid of the HOPE foundation.

The class are pictured here with four of the Transition year students who will travel to India next week with there suitcases full up with gifts for the street and slum children of Kolkata.

Best of Luck to Ms Aisling Ryan and Ms Joan Nicholas along with students Roz Barrett, Hannah McMahon, Alice Duffy, Thomas Curtin and Darragh Collins who will travel to Kolkata this week to volunteer.


April 2017: Kollect4Kolkata, Desmond College Transition Year volunteers who collected for the street and slum children.

Kollect 4 Kolkata

March 26, 2017

This year, 5 TY students and 2 teachers from Desmond College will travel to Kolkata, India, with the Hope Foundation.

As part of their CSPE Action Project, rang Geraldine are holding a collection for the children of Kolkata on the 28th of March in room 7 (the library).

The items donated will be given to our TY students to be distributed to the children living in protection homes and on the streets of Kolkata.

Any Donations are greatly appreciated.

List of suggested items can be seen on posters around the school.

They include:
Pencils/ school supplies, colouring books, skipping ropes ,hair clips, bracelets , bouncy balls, mini toothbrush and toothpaste, soft toys, bubbles.

TY Students Fundraise for The Hope Foundation

March 15, 2017

March 2017: Desmond College TY Students speaking and fundraising at all Masses in Newcastle West this weekend for their upcoming trip to Kolkata
Thomas Curtin, Roz Barrett and Hannah McMahon speaking and fundraising at all Masses in Newcastle West this weekend for their upcoming trip to Kolkata.

The Hope Foundation

February 21, 2017

The Hope Foundation truly believes in “students helping students” and the Immersion Programme is a tribute to this belief.

Led by teachers, volunteers and HOPE staff, Transition Year and 5th Year students are afforded the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week and to visit the projects.

They will witness, first-hand, the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata. Supported throughout their time in India, students are introduced to poverty, the realities of street children and the joy of HOPE.

A week-long programme is prepared for students, who spend time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects and immersing themselves in Indian culture.

Our young Ambassadors will remember the experience for the rest of their lives, and become more aware of their place in society and how they can make the world a better place by caring for people who are less well off than themselves.

Students must fund-raise a substantial, yet achievable sum, which will be donated to the projects. This process teaches the students about the value of such activities as well as learning the skills to creatively raise the funds to meet targets and deadline.

It is a hugely positive and life-changing experience. It gives students the opportunity to engage in experiences not available in the classroom, encourages greater independence and enhances social and cultural development.

Feb 2017: Desmond College Students raising money for the Hope Foundation
Darragh Collins and Alice Duffy fundraising for their up coming trip to Kolkata. (Missing from photo are Roz Barrett, Thomas Curtin and Hannah McMahon).