Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Phoneless For Childline

TY student, Ciara Frawley, joined with her peers from 6 other limerick schools to launch “Phoneless for Childline” in Villiers Secondary School. This campaign was organised by Ciara to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by Childline and the children accessing it. 

On Tuesday the 16thDecember students were asked to switch off their phones and place them in sealed envelopes for 24 hours, as a symbol of what it will be like for children to have no access to Childline should the service be forced to close at night due to lack of funding. All students who participated received sponsorship for their endeavours, and all proceeds went to Childline.

The initiative spread across the country and students from Villiers and other secondary schools demonstrated that a simple, combined, gesture by them could raise national awareness. In fact the initiative was so successful that the service was enabled to remain open at night throughout the, often times difficult, christmas period.