Students from across Cork prepare for the annual Share Christmas campaign. Photo: Gerard McCarthy

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Those yellow jackets will be dotted around the city again as Share has launched its annual Christmas campaign.

The annual Share (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly) street collection fundraising campaign will happen as usual in December where a number of students will take part in the annual Share 24 hour fast, and keeping with tradition, students will attend the crib daily in the run-up to Christmas as they co-ordinate the daily fundraising effort.

Students will collect right up until Christmas Eve, raising much-needed funds for a charity that has looked after the elderly in the region for half a century.

True Share spirit will also be extended across the schools of Cork tomorrow on 25 November for the 3rd annual Yellow Day. In recognition of the challenges the pandemic has brought to connecting with our elderly, the students of Cork will once again wear yellow on 25 November to raise funds and awareness of the isolation felt by the vulnerable elderly. On the day, hundreds of students from schools across the city will don the familiar yellow jackets, as well as yellow clothes, to raise awareness of the Share organisation.

Yellow Day was introduced in 2020 as an outreach to schools across Cork wishing to participate in the annual campaign. Schools and students readily embraced the initiative of wearing yellow for one day and seeking sponsorship for the worthy cause and the response to date has been phenomenal.

Ben Horgan, who is leading the Yellow Day initiative said: “It’s a simple but very meaningful gesture. We want everyone to wear yellow this year, connect with the elderly in Cork, and together we can combat loneliness. All of the schools involved this year have been enthusiastic and hugely supportive of Yellow Day, so we will all be working hard to make it even bigger and better this year.”

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