The staff and inmates of Cloverhill Prison combined to raise €600 for the Irish Cancer Society on June 20th 2017. Cancer is something that affects everyone, and this message promoted togetherness for this project.
A 5km run by was undertaken by 70 prisoners on the day. The inmates ran their distance in the yards, with one group having to complete 76 laps of their recreation space. The run was supervised by the PE teacher and gym staff. The staff also took part in a 5km route at lunch time. Approx 30 staff got involved, all wearing the bright yellow t-shirts displaying the Irish Cancer Society logo.
Sponsorship was collected on the prison landings by dedicated inmates, encouraging fellow inmates to donate €1 or €2. The staff collection was made just before the 5km run. One inmate encouraged his family to get involved on the outside, raising €150 for the charity.
In July, Emma Hayden from the Irish Cancer Society was invited into the prison school to meet with several of the participants and staff who had taken part. She explained to us where the money goes, and the services the charity provide. Governor McCormack presented her with a cheque for €600.
This Article was published in the September issue of the EPEA Newsletter