The generous pupils, parents and staff of Ballykeel Primary recently raised a magnificent £800 through a non-uniform day for a good cause that’s particularly close to their hearts.
For pupil Benjamin Kirk, will be leaving the school for six months to travel with his family to the Philippines.
He will head off on Friday with his mum Rachael, dad Alan and brother Joshua, to take part in a mission trip working with the Helping Hands Healing Hearts Ministries Philippines Inc.
‘Helping Hands...’ is a ministry for sick and dying Filipino children and their families and they work in a government run hospital in Olongapo City providing medicines, financial assistance for laboratories, x-rays, CT scans etc. and offer counselling for families in turmoil.
They pray with every family they encounter, hence the name - Helping Hands (the practical), Healing Hearts (the spiritual).
The Kirks will also volunteer at an orphanage and the 23-bed Children’s Recovery Unit (CRU) which has children ranging from unwanted newborns to terminally ill teenagers some of whom also have family issues.
Keen to support their valuable work, Ballykeel Primary held a non-uniform day on January 24, asking a minimum donation of £1 per child taking part.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the ministries in the Philippines, log on to their website www.helpinghandsministries.com