Limerick pupils show colourful support for Ukraine

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Thomond Primary School pupils form the shape of a heart in solidarity with the children of Ukraine.

PUPILS at Thomond Primary School on Ballynanty Road  in Limerick City showed their support for war stricken Ukranian people by wearing the country’s national colours and raising money for vital supplies.

The children wore the Ukraine colours, which are similar to the school colours, and brought donations from family and friends for the ‘colours’ day.

“Some of them were very creative and wrote messages in fabric paint on their tops or decorated their clothes with colours and ribbons. Staff made contributions as well and by the end of the day, they had raised €1,100 for the Red Cross appeal for Ukraine,” school principal Sinead Toomey told the Limerick Post.

At the end of their colours day, more than 200 pupils went out to the yard and assembled in a colourful heart shape to show their support for Ukraine.

“The children are reading about it and seeing it on social media so they have questions, which we try to answer in an appropriate way to help them understand,” said Sinead.

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The fundraiser was part of the school’s ‘Friendly February’ drive.

Sinead explained: “We talk about doing something good for someone else and the positive effect that can have on our own lives and mental health.

“This was something that the children could do in the school safe space so that they had something positive to do for the people of Ukraine.”