Portlaoise College Parents Council teamed up with Laois Offaly Families for Autism during the month of May by encouraging students, families and members of the wider community to participate in a “100K in May” fundraiser.
This was where participants either ran or walked 100km during the month of May.
In doing so, €4,000 was raised, with LOFFA receiving €2,000 and the remaining funds will be used to sponsor the Portlaoise College Third Level bursary where two 6th Year students from the school will receive financial support with their 3rd Level education.
This year’s bursary recipients from Portlaoise College were Maya Reynolds and Thomas Maguire.
Maya is hoping to study Psychology in either Trinity College Dublin or University College Dublin and Thomas aims to study Chemical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin next year.
Principal Noel Daly said that it was fantastic to see so many students, parents and families participate in the fundraiser.
Mr Daly and Parent Council chairperson Sinead Walsh were on hand to present prizes to Second Year students Aoife Collins and Shawn Gregory who raised over €400 between them.
Parent Emlyn Phipps from Mountmellick even managed to do over 200km during the month.
LOFFA were delighted to receive the funds and Roisin Conroy from LOFFA said it will add to their recent fundraising efforts from their very successful Rainbow Day.