History

History about the Project



History

Children Helping Children Project

Founded in 1995 by Ken King, and originally known as the CBC Chernobyl Fund, this fifth class project is based on the concepts of individual initiative and common cause. The business project, which forms the core of the project, is cross curricular and incorporates real education in real life situations.

 

 An important part of the project every year are the mini-businesses set up by the fifth class pupils in Notre Dame Junior School. The children get sponsorship from businesses in the real world to buy produce which they, in turn, sell to raise the money needed to help less fortunate children, at home and abroad.

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Community Aspect

In 2009. a new community element was added with the help of Nancy and her friends in Dun Laoghaire with Nancy's Novels, a book sale, and this has continued this year, 2010, with Sow What, a plant sale. This community initiaitive benefits Barnardos and Botshabelo Township in South Africa. Last year's total was €590 and this year is over €600 and counting.

 
2009-10

Based at Notre Dame Junior School in Dundrum, Dublin, the children involved in the initiative choose a minimum of three children's groups to assist each year. This year, Notre Dame are supporting the Children's Sunshine Home, Leopardstown, Dr. Horne's Zambian Fund,  the Umbrella Foundation, Chernobyl Children's Project  and Siem Reap, an orphange in Cambodia.

The Notre Dame final Open Day was held on Thursday 3rd June. We made €1800 including the raffle. Well done to all the mini businesses and Miss Doran. Thanks again to everyone who supported us in any way. Our first Open Day was Friday, 12th March, 2010, and thanks to the generous sponsors and pupils, staff and families we made €1045

 

 
Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur

Up to 2008, each year in CBC, previous home of the project, a boy or two boys were chosen as Entrepreneurs of the Year for his/their contributions to the business project. There is a list of previous winners below. Well done!

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2008

An incredible 31,000 euro raised by the project. Mr King moved school but continued to support us and visited for exhibition day along with Mary Hanafin who is now minister for Family and Social Affairs

Exhibition Day 2008Well done for the massive support for expo 2008 despite the school being without water! Music teacher Dave O Reilly scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise an incredible 5,900 euro, Martin O' Sullivan taught us how to invest in shares making 1,400 euro as the price of oil shot up. Mr. King left to become Prinicipal of Notre Dame Girls School but came back to support the exhibition.

New charities we supported included Cystic Fibrosis, Holy Family School in Monkstown, Niall Mellon Township Trust,

Entrepreneurs of the Year were Scott and John.

 
2007

Class of 2007Another record total of €41,800 raised!

First DVD of the Exhibition Day put together by TY students in the Permanent Records Project.

New charities added this year included Kherson Baby Home, CARE in St. Lucia, Friends Of Londiani Kenya, Arusha Project in Tanzania.

The Minister for Education Mary Hanafin attended the Exhibition Day.

Great support from boys in all classes- Thanks!

 
2006

Exhibition Day 2006Another record total of €31,900 raised!

New charities added this year included Operation Smile, Chernobyl Development Programme, Barnados and the Leo Clubs in Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey

First ever music CD for the fund made by Mark Rogers and Family - We care.

The Minister for Education Mary Hanafin attended the Exhibition Day. We had first Art Auction for the fund which increased our total massively - thanks to all the celebrities that donated works.

 
2005

Dr. HornA record equalling total of €25,000 raised by this year.

New charities helped included Beslan School, The Tsunami disaster area, Outreach Moldova, LauraLynn Hospice and Swaziland appeal.

Mary Hanafin Minister for Education attended the Business Exhibition on May 27th

New tee shirts sponsored by Andrew's parents were unveiled for the first time. These featured our new logo designed by Sam Hanley.

 
2004

Class of 2004 with Ali HewsonAn outstanding total of €16,500 was raised by this class.

Extra charities received funding last year. Look at "who we help" page.

The class were invited to Aras an Uachtarain

Exhibition was attended by Mary Hanifan. TD ; Minister for the Information Age

 
2003

An amazing total of €25,000 was raised by this class.Class of 2003 with Film Director Neil Jordan

Extra charities received funding last year. Look at "who we help" page.

"Den 2" news ran a report on the exhibition and it was televised on the day.

Exhibition was attended by Mary Hanifan. TD ; Minister for the Information Age and Barry Andrews TD

 
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News Flash

May Open Day 2013

The following are the highlights of the class of 2012/2013 on the project they undertook with their class teacher, Mrs. Gumisiriza, and mentor, Ken King.

Overall the girls raised €4000 for less fortunte children in Ireland and abroad and donated money from their entrepreneurial skills to

Down Syndrome Ireland,

National Children's Hospital, Crumlin,

 & Rainbows Worldwide. 

A big thank you to the customers; the children, staff and families in Notre Dame

& to our very supportive parents and generous sponsors. 

 

  1. My highlight was when CHC actually started because of all the emotions...I was feeling such happiness, nervousness and excitement. I couldn't wait for it to start!
  2.   I was very happy to be helping children who are less fortunate than we are. It's the best feeling ever!
  3.   I'd like to think that all our hard workd was for a really worthy cause....and it was. 
  4.   In Korea, there's not much chance to do this type of work. I have learned so much and now I will bring it back to Korea. 
  5.   I loved delivering the pizzas from class to class because everyone was so happy to see us.
  6.   My highlight was meeting Kathleen from Down Syndrome Ireland.
  7.   I enjoyed getting the produce, setting up the stalls and selling to our customers. 
  8.   My highlight would be meeting Ali Hewson and Olly from Olly's Little Heart Appeal.
  9.   I enjoyed working with my partners and learning to share the workload. 
  10.   Everyone was really happy with the money we raised for the different charities. 
  11.   It was such a fun project...I enjoyed presenting the cheque to Hannah from Rainbows and being interviewed by 4FM. 
  12.  I felt independent, self sufficient and happy. I enjoyed myself immensely.

Tribute

A big well done and thanks to everyone who has taken part in the business project over the years.