– Minister Trotman to St Joseph graduates“Live good and productive lives based on some strong spiritual values: love God, love yourself for who you are, and find and build good healthy relationships; invest in them and protect them.”This was the charge delivered by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman to graduates of St Joseph High School as excitement and loud applause filled the air at their graduation and prize giving ceremony on Wednesday.Minister Trotman told the students that the past five or more years of academic life would have moulded them for the pressures of life, which carry several challenges that must be overcome. He added that these tests are lessons they can utilise when going forward.“Each of you would recall the first day you got here as first formers bursting with excitement. There may have been many hardships — whether financial, death or travelling far distances; but whatever they have been, I am confident you have weathered many storms and overcome those.”The Minister of Natural Resources, a former student of the school, recalled the daunting task of being among the first batch of boys to enter St Joseph High School, which was an all-girls school at that time. He related how challenging school was for him, but he said he did not allow that to deter him, as he later went on to attend renowned universities and now holds the post of Minister of Natural Resources.The minister encouraged the graduates to believe in themselves. “You have grown from boys and girls to be young adults. You have discovered things about yourself. God has placed skilled and abilities in you, and you have to cast your eyes forward to the lives you want for yourself. I challenge you to discover what you are good at, and hold those skills, and you will find that your life’s journey will be easier.”According to a report from the Department of Public Information, the graduation and prize giving ceremony was held under the theme “Conquering Challenges for Success.” The audience was entertained with dance, singing, and steelpan drumming; and proceedings concluded with distribution of prizes.
The Donegal Donkey Sanctuary are putting the final touches to their ‘Open Day’ event this weekend which is expected to see a huge crowd come out and support this fantastic facility.The Donegal Donkey Sanctuary has done incredible work over the years in re-homing and helping abandoned donkeys. The volunteers have sacrificed their own time and money to look after these vulnerable animals and have nursed many of the malnourished animals back to health.They continue to work tirelessly in order to help these animals and the Donegal public is expected to come out in their droves to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Danny and his team.The OPEN DAY is one of their biggest fundraisers of the years and they rely desperately on the support of the general public to ensure they can continue to carry out their incredible work at the Donkey sanctuary.There are some HUGE prizes up for grabs and the event really is a family orientated fun day which caters for all members of the family. There will be a CLYDESDALE HORSE SHOW and a MEGA DOG SHOW for all those in attendance to enjoy.Throw in face painting, arts and crafts stalls and raffles and games plus LIVE music it really does promise to be a superb day of fun for EVERYONE.Make sure and get down to Raphoe this Sunday June 14th and support this terrific organisation that does such selfless and fantastic work for Donkeys.DONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARY HOSTING OPEN DAY EVENT THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal donkey sanctuaryFeaturesnewsNotices