Children Helping Children Project

Founded in 1995 and originally known as the CBC Chernobyl Fund, this sixth class project is based on the concepts of individual initiative and common cause. The business project, which forms the core of the project, is cross curricular and incorporates Art, Music, SPHE, SESE, Maths, English, Religion, Drama and PE. Life Skills are an important component of the project based learning and pupils experience multi sensory real life situations. This empowers the children to help themselves by helping other children through innovation and initiative. They have the autonomy to grow and develop strengths and work on weaknesses; the space to achieve which, in turn, releases creativity and ingenuity; the chance to develop socially by interaction with other pupils and adults, become more aware of social issues and problems facing young people locally and internationally; learn about different cultures, people and languages;become kinder and more caring and which will hopefully lead to a volunteer culture and their growth into more confident young people.

An important part of the project every year are the mini-businesses set up by the sixth class pupils in the school. The children get sponsorship, sell and manufacture products such as waffles, toasted sandwiches, burgers, drinks, bars, or arrange fun businesses like lucky dip, putting competitions, slam dunk, penalty shoot-out etc. They also receive donations, arrange fun days, sell school magazines and donate Confirmation money to add to the money raised. The project ends in late May with a business exhibition in the school where every mini-business sells at the same time. Each company must have a business plan and must decorate their table to look like a business for the day. Money is presented to charities on this day. A government minister often attends.

2008 will see the start of a new chapter in the life of the Children Helping Children Fund as Mr. King, its founder, has taken up a new position as Principal of Notre Dame Junior School in Dundrum. An initiative like this requires lots of support and goodwill . Further details should be available soon.


Each year, a boy or two boys are chosen as Entrepreneurs of the Year for his/their contributions to the business project. There is a list of previous winners below. Well done! Each name is recorded on the new "Dan King" cup presented on the 10th anniversary of the Business project.

1995 David Shakespeare
1996 Adam Dunne
1997 James Gallen
1998 David Heath/Neil Rudden
1999 Eoin Duggan/Michael Kilty
2000 Enda Gallen
2007 Christopher Daly and Adam Tarbett
(pictured below with Ali hewson - bottom left)
2001 David Kennedy/Richard Clarkin
2002 Matthew Deasy

2003 Mark Kelly/Andrew Patton
2004 Darren Muldowney/John Moran
2005 John Mc Dermott/Conor Duggan
Alan Coburn and Adam Muldowney
2008 John O Connor and Scott Bradshaw

Picture of Adam and Chris to Follow


Some Facts


First business project. Great businesses. No fundraising.


Prionsias De Rossa passing over £600 cheque to the Chernobyl Representative

Photo: L-R Adam Dunne, Ian O'Reilly, Darren Mooney, Maurice Conway

Note: Darren chose the charity


First Project Launch by Adi Roche

Sean Barrett and Niamh Bhreathnach, both Ministers, attended the exhibition.

£2,000 raised.

Photo L-R: Fergus Beirne, James Gallen


Invite by President to Aras an Uachtarain

£5,000 raised.

Ali Hewson launched the project.


Ali Hewson and Tom Kitt play computer games with

Andrew Diggin and Simon O'Malley

£9,000 raised this year.


Sellafield protest in paper

£10,000 raised.

Ambulance bought by this class for Chernobyl


£12,000 raised by class: First year of proceeds to different charities

(see list on "who we help" page)

Visit to Radiological Institute of Ireland. Letter to the Queen about Sellafield.

Mary Hanafin, TD, Minister for Children attends Exhibition.


Adi Roche talks to boys about Chernobyl in Civic Offices in Dublin.

12,000 raised by this class.

Mary Hanafin attends Exhibition Day.



An amazing total of €25,000 was raised by this class.

Extra charities received funding last year. Look at "who we help" page.

"Den 2" news ran a report on the exhibition and it was televised on the day.

Exhibition was attended by Mary Hanifan. TD ; Minister for the Information Age and Barry Andrews TD.



An outstanding total of €16,500 was raised by this class.

Extra charities received funding last year.
at "who we help" page.

The class were invited to Aras an Uachtarain

Exhibition was attended by Mary Hanifan. TD ; Minister for the Information Age


A record equalling total of €25,000 raised by this year.

New charities helped included Beslan School, The Tsunami disaster area, Outreach Moldova, LauraLynn Hospice and Swaziland appeal.

Mary Hanafin Minister for Education attended the Business Exhibition on May 27th

New tee shirts sponsored by Andrew's parents were unveiled for the first time. These featured our new logo designed by Sam Hanley.



Another record total of €31,900 raised!

New charities added this year included Operation Smile, Chernobyl Development Programme, Barnados and the Leo Clubs in Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey
First ever music CD for the fund made by Mark Rogers and Family - We care.

The Minister for Education Mary Hanafin attended the Exhibition Day. We had first Art Auction for the fund which increased our total massively - thanks to all the celebreties that donated works.


Another record total of €41,800 raised!

First DVD of the Exhibition Day put together by TY students in the Permanent Records Project.

New charities added this year included Kherson Baby Home, CARE in St. Lucia, Friends Of Londiani Kenya, Arusha Project in Tanzania.

The Minister for Education Mary Hanafin attended the Exhibition Day.

Great support from boys in all classes- Thanks!


An incredible 31,000 euro raised by the project. Mr King moved school but continued to support us and visited for exhibition day along with Mary Hanafin who is now minister for Family and Social Affairs

Well done for the massive support for expo 2008 despite the school being without water! Music teacher Dave O Reilly scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise an incredible 5,900 euro, Martin O' Sullivan taught us how to invest in shares making 1,400 euro as the price of oil shot up. Mr. King left to become Prinicipal of Notre Dame Girls School but came back to support the exhibition.

New charities we supported included Cystic Fibrosis, Holy Family School in Monkstown, Niall Mellon Township Trust,

Entrepreneurs of the Year were Scott and John.




A big well done and thanks to all the sixth class boys who have taken part in the business project over the years.

Don't be disappointed if you're not personally included somewhere. If you have a good photo bring it in and we will try and include it at a later stage.

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