The Sacred Heart Benevolent Fund is a confidential support network of former pupils of the Sacred Heart and it was founded in the 1930’s. In the last year we have helped approximately 48 people and paid out over €100,000.
The needs of those helped are varied and the age range is from 19 to 90! Some needed help with day to day living expenses following a death or business collapse; some needed help following a traumatic event in their lives and others just required once off help to get them over a particularly difficult period. We try to turn nobody down and indeed there are occasions when we would like to be in a position to give more.
Fund raising is varied. The Committee normally run numerous events throughout the year including coffee mornings, bridge drives, gardening talks, and the mini-marathon - in 2020 with Covid19 this is a challenge. Mount Anville School is very supportive and at least one of the fundraising events throughout the school year is held in aid of the Benevolent Fund. Normally there are several collections during the year including the MAPPA annual dinner and the Sacred Heart Schools Golf Outing - hopefully they will be back in 2021.
To generate enough funding to cover all the requests for assistance continuous fundraising is necessary all year round. In 2020 we have several online events planned including Bridge and several online presentations. Details are posted in the Past Pupil Newsletter each week.
The generosity of the many past pupils who support our fundraising events, contribute anonymously or by standing order is much appreciated and has ensured that no past pupil in need had to be turned away.
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