St Louis students aid Women’s Aid

Charlotte Hodkinson (front centre) of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative presents the first prize of �3000 to the winning Women's Aid team in the St Louis YPI charity competition. The team is L-R, Anna McClintock, Lauren Carey, Ellamay McIlhatton and Emily Murray while also included are, competition judges, back row, L-R, Una O'Kane (NRC), Ronan Hasson (student representative), Mrs Nuala McAteer (teacher),  Sean Rafferty (principal),  Ruth Owen (Women's Aid), Fr Darren Brennan (CC Ballymena), Maggie McWilliams (County Antrim Post).
Charlotte Hodkinson (front centre) of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative presents the first prize of �3000 to the winning Women's Aid team in the St Louis YPI charity competition. The team is L-R, Anna McClintock, Lauren Carey, Ellamay McIlhatton and Emily Murray while also included are, competition judges, back row, L-R, Una O'Kane (NRC), Ronan Hasson (student representative), Mrs Nuala McAteer (teacher), Sean Rafferty (principal), Ruth Owen (Women's Aid), Fr Darren Brennan (CC Ballymena), Maggie McWilliams (County Antrim Post).

Students from St. Louis Grammar are celebrating a £3,000 donation to Women’s Aid ABCLN through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)

Year 10 students at the Ballymena school took part in the YPI competition, researching the needs of their local community and selecting a charity to support and then deliver a presentation.

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) was the nominated charity who received the £3,000.

Ella May and Emily from the winning group said: “We have worked very closely with Women’s Aid volunteering. We wanted to raise awareness on Domestic Violence and the impact this can have on children and young people’s education.”

Ruth Owen Fundraising coordinator for Women’s Aid ABCLN thanked the St Louis students.

The funds donated will help to provide emotional and practical support to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence.