OVER 1,200 multi-coloured balloons have been released at a Dundalk primary school as part of an innovative fundraising project.
The balloons were released by Martina Rafferty and the Parents & Friends Committee at Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Bay Estate on Friday, March 25.
“Hundreds of pupils, past pupils and their families gathered at the school at lunchtime for the release. There was great excitement,” said Ms Rafferty.
“The kids cheered and when we let them go, the balloons floated off across Dunnes Stores.
“All of the balloons were tagged so we are going to track their journey. We included a number and the name and address of the school and have asked the people who find them to post the tag back to us.”
By Monday morning (March 28), five tags had been returned to the school. Three were found in the Dundalk area and one in Dunleer.
“The fifth tag was found in Mullingar by the granny of a past pupil. There was a cash prize of e25 for the first four that were returned and there is also a prize for the tag that has travelled the furthest.”
Pupils at Scoil Mhuire na nGael are tracking the progress of the balloons on a map. The closing date for the return of the balloons is Thursday, April 14.