This year has been extremely busy for The Donkey Sanctuary as we have rescued almost 500 donkeys and we have welcomed over 50,000 visitors to meet our donkeys in our open farm in Knockardbane.
Our education programme has enabled us to speak to and educate over 100 groups on the importance of animal welfare in Ireland. Many of these groups were in second or third year in secondary school and studying CSPE (Civil Social Political Educationl). As part of this subject the students are required to carry out a project on Animal Welfare in Ireland and we were delighted to answer all of the questions that they had on the topic.
A school visit would typically consist of an informative presentation, talk and tour of the grounds, access to the video room where a DVD is playing telling you everything you need to know, a well equipped visitor centre with souvenirs and refreshments and students receive an information pack before they leave.
On Wednesday December 16 a fabulous group of young adults from Colaiste Treasa School in Kanturk attended The Sanctuary and received a great deal of information about the work that we do. Staff at The Sanctuary were blown away by their commendable fundraising efforts as they proudly presented a cheque of €440 to go towards the care and welfare of the donkeys and mules in our care.
We are hugely grateful to the public for their ongoing support and commitment to the cause and we are delighted when people take on the initiative to fundraise on our behalf. The students organized a bake sale and a raffle. This wonderful group of 23 students are an inspiration and we were delighted to provide them with a memorable day out after all of their hard work!
To organise a talk or school visit or to discuss fundraising please call us on 022-48398