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Friday, 31st July 2020

Youth Work Ireland Southside Community Youth Project selling sunflowers for Gary Kelly Centre

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Leah O’Brien (Left) from Beechmount Avenue and Ellyn Kerr of Rowan Heights tending to the young Sunflower seedlings at the Southside Community Youth Project.

Not being able to meet in person for weeks during lockdown has not stopped the Youth Work Ireland Louth, Southside Community Youth Project younger girls group in Rathmullen from keeping busy and productive.

Drogheda Life caught up with them earlier today and they were all excited as, with the help of youth worker Monica Murphy and volunteer Zoe Kerr (who came through the project herself), they were very busy preparing for a charity sale they are holding next Tuesday 4th August from a stall outside Centra in Rathmullen from 10.00am to 4.00 pm.

In the early days of lockdown the girls were confined to Zoom calls but for the past four weeks they’ve been able to hold person to person meetings albeit in groups of four rather than their usual larger group.

The stall at Centra is part of their mini business programme and the girls decided that they would grow sunflowers and sell them to raise some money for the project and also to share the takings with the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre.

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The girls, all of them aged between 10 and 12, have been working hard planning, planting, preparing and promoting. Like any business, they had to have a plan so at their first meeting after lockdown they decided that they would grow sunflowers which are a symbol of friendship and are often associated with cancer charities.

They also decided on issues such as who was to do which jobs, packaging (hand painted pots), who was responsible for looking after the money and how they would promote their business (Facebook) and all the other work that is involved in getting products ready for sale.

Erin O’Rourke (left) from Tredagh View. Mary Maguire from Rathmullen Park and Amelia Zywica from Riverbank promoting their plant sale in aid of the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre which takes place on Tuesday August 4 at the Rathmullen Road Centra.

Today the girls told Drogheda Life that they were looking forward to Tuesday and were keeping their fingers crossed that the community will come out and support them.

They’ll be selling sunflowers for €2 each and don’t worry, everything is environmentally friendly with the plants in compostable pots and the labels, hand made by the girls themselves, all on biodegradable paper.

There can be little doubt that the girls’ hard work and creativity will pay off and that the local community will give them great support – look out for then outside Centra on the Rathmullen Road between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday next, August 4.

If you can’t make it on the day don’t worry, the girls have set up a GoFundMe Page so you can


Erin O’Rourke (left) from Tredagh View and Sasha Donnelly from Rathmullen Park busy getting ready for their plant sale in aid of the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre on Tuesday at the Rathmullen Road Centra on Tuesday August 4. Photos: Andy Spearman.

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