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Loreto Ladies Lip Sync Success

May 02nd 2017

Loreto Ladies Lip Sync Success

In 2016 Ms Mary Mc Fadden and Class Fionn from Loreto Convent in Letterkenny did amazing work to promote positive mental health throughout their school while also raising money for Jigsaw Donegal. It was great to have the students and staff visit the Hub recently after their amazing donation of €7,403.91. Here is what Ms Mc Fadden had to say: 

"The main aims of ‘The Little Things’ project was to raise awareness about youth mental health. It started off very small but gained huge momentum as the school year went on. Class Fionn and Ms Mc Fadden gathered poetry, short stories and art work from the students in Loreto Letterkenny. The book is in memory of a past pupil and portrays wonderful examples of positive and enlightening work. All year groups got involved with a great variety of light funny pieces to quite insightful poetry. The artwork can only be described as exquisite.

What is there to say about Friday May 6th? The launch for 'The Little Things' was an overwhelming success. The night was the perfect combination of information and entertainment, a delicate balance between the serious and the fun. The first half of the night was dedicated to mental health awareness with a short welcome from Ms McFadden we had guest speakers and musicians to follow. Eilis Cusack and Ayrton Kelly spoke about the services Jigsaw offer, the role of the Youth Advisory Panel, concluding with a testimonial from a young person who had benefited from Jigsaw's support. Shauna McDaid was up next with a truly beautiful performance, a song she had written for Fiona Kelly was especially emotional. Breifne Earley and Nikki Bradley both gave excellent accounts of the hardship they had encountered and how they overcame this. Both speakers left the audience informed and inspired. We had some fantastic young musicians from Saint Eunans and Milford. Jason Flood treated the audience to an outstanding original song. Sean McGettigan and Niall Brennan were a fantastic duo, The Bare Necessities was a personal highlight.

Part two was opened with breathtaking lip sync from St Eunans. I still have no words to describe it but the standing ovation they received says enough. The bar was set high but the ladies ( and Mr Callaghan) from Loreto were superb. The energy in the room was electric as the students battled the staff in an epic lip sync battle. Each group brought something entirely different to the stage, ultimately it was the Fifth Year group that took away the trophy. 
'The Little Things' was a great success on the night, anyone who spent the fiver on it was very impressed with the inspiring writing and exquisite art work. So a very special thank you to all the students who put forward work for the publication. Keith Fletcher and John Muldowney ensured the night flowed well and the audience had no waiting around to do. Emma Murray was on hand with a team of beauticians to give our lip sync performers the five star treatment. 
I would like to again thank everyone who was involved or turned up. There were close to 1000 people in the room that night and I hope they all left talking about mental health in an educated, open and positive way.
Ps. Class Fionn, you were incredible! It was privilege to work with you."