Aer Lingus staff give up leave day to transform school for the deaf

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Over 140 Aer Lingus staff have volunteered a day’s annual leave to help transform the grounds of Holy Family School for the Deaf in Dublin’s Cabra area.

Staff including pilots, cabin crew, engineers, flight dispatchers, check-in and boarding teams, planners, IT, marketing, communications, finance, and logistics specialists created a sensory garden featuring bug hotel, climbing wall, rabbit hutch, fish pond, picnic tables.

They also turned the main yard into a five-a-side basketball court, games area, putting green, vegetable garden, and outdoor classroom.     

The work was carried out last Friday for the for the senior pupils in the post-primary section of the school which is dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing students.

Aer Lingus's Ruth Ranson with Terence Bell. Photo Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Aer Lingus’s Ruth Ranson with Terence Bell. Photo Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

It was part of the Difference Day initiative supported by the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation. The foundation works with charity partners UNICEF Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland, and features fundraising activities undertaken by Aer Lingus staff and volunteers, SME support initiatives and support of culture and the arts.

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“Staff, pupils and parents are so very grateful to each and every Aer Lingus staff member for giving up one of their holiday days to come here today to volunteer and transform the school and enhance the learning environment of our pupils.

“Aer Lingus’ donation of their time, hard labour and materials to build the outdoor areas is invaluable, and we would never have been able to afford the project without them,” said school Principal Eimear O’Rourke.

Ruth Ranson, Director of Communications at Aer Lingus, said the airline is “very committed to giving back to its local community and each year our staff shows a great commitment to Difference Day.”

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