Bursaries.

The Alexandra Business Network is committed to promoting philanthropic support towards both the College and the Alumnae Bursary Fund, which helps women in need. Commonality and solidarity: the Alexandra College Alumnae Bursaries is women working for women.

Helping women with financial support: This is the oldest charity associated with Alexandra College

 

We support 18 ladies, of any religious denomination, who are experiencing financial difficulties, through an annual bursary. These ladies receive an income supplement of €1,980 p.a. (paid in bi-monthly installments), a Hamper at Christmas and two visits per year from a committee member.

 

We need to raise an additional €20,000 p.a. to maintain our 18 bursaries. We are a voluntary committee comprised of past pupils and depend solely on the generosity of the parents and past pupils of Alexandra College to provide money for these bursaries. The expenses incurred by this charity are minimal and are limited to bank charges and postage costs.

 

The committee work to ensure that all donations go directly to the ladies in need. Our operational costs are €36,000 p.a. and currently we are running at a deficit of €20,000 p.a. so in order to maintain the bursaries, the committee needs your help.

Please help us to help these ladies through a one-off donation or better still an annual Standing Order donation.

 

Helping women in out local community: We help women in our local shelter to start a new life.

The Alexandra College Alumnae Bursaries Committee are pleased to have formed a new link with a local Women’s Shelter. Each year we are providing a grant to assist two women as they leave the shelter to help them establish their new lives (ie: a deposit on an apartment and/or buy household necessities).


We are delighted that the school is getting involved with our outreach project – The Wash Bag Appeal. When the women and children arrive at the shelter at any time of the day or night, they literally have walked out of their homes with nothing at all. Can you imagine leaving your house one night, arriving at a strange place, hoping you can stay and waking up the next morning without a toothbrush to brush your teeth or a hairbrush to do your hair?

 

How can we in Alexandra College help them? We would like to provide each woman and child arriving at the shelter with a wash bag, containing essential toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap/body wash, shampoo, deodorant and a hairbrush). We will have a Wash Bag Collection in the school. The Transition Year students coordinate collecting your donations and prepare the washbag for delivery to the Women’s Shelter.


Please look at home and see what you can give, maybe you have unwanted Christmas gift sets which can be donated

 

Helping women celebrate Christmas.

Each year our Senior School students fill Christmas Hampers and our Junior School students prepare handmade cards for each of our ladies which we deliver personally.

Helping women feel less isolated: We maintain personal contact with all our ladies and provide them with support.

 

Some quotes from our ladies:

“What a lovely surprise to receive another hamper from you this year, I never take it for granted! It is aways filled with so many delights; it means so much to think of the girls choosing so many thoughtful gifts for me. It is the only gift I received at this time of year. It makes my Christmas bearable.”

 

“I had to leave my family home due to domestic violence a number of years ago with my two small boys. We ended up in a Women’s Shelter during Christmas week. Although we are all doing well now, I find this time of the year so hard. When my hamper arrives I try to put all the sad things behind me and am so very thankful that so many people are thinking of me. The hamper is full of wonderful treats. Please thank the girls for their kindness, generosity and the time they put into making up the hamper; I really appreciate it.”

 

“I am not about to get around as much as I used to. With my grant, I was able to refit my bathroom and install a shower. Your help is very much appreciated.”

“I received a very large electricity bill, my cheque arrived from the Bursaries Committee and I was ever so grateful for the help.”

 

“Thankfully my 11-year-old car passed the NCT, without my grant I would be unable to insure it, very many thanks for my grant.”

 

“I had been very neglectful about visiting the dentist as I was very worried about the cost. I had broken fillings and was in a lot of pain. With the bursary grant I was able to get urgent dental treatment, thank you so much for your help.”

 

These are just some of the stories about how we are making a difference in these ladies’ lives, you can help us to be able to tell more.

The Alexandra College Bursary Committee

Ms Clodagh Conroy – Chairperson – clodaghconroy@eircom.net

Ms Rachel Barry – Hon Treasurer – rachel.barry@ormsby-rhodes.ie

Ms Sinead Buckley Quinn – Hon. Secretary – cfleventsww@gmail.com

Ms Susan Whelan – skeoghwhelan@eircom.net

Ms Fiona Ryan – Fiona@timepoint.ie

Ms Jane Grindle – jane.grindle.24@gmail.com

Ms Priscilla Kirwan-Browne – priscillakirwanbrowne@yahoo.com

Ms Aisling O’Kelly – aislingokelly@eircom.net

Ms Gemma Dargan – dargangemma@yahoo.com

For more information and to make a donation:

alexandracollege.eu/alumnae/