Well, Halloween is the time of the year for dressing up. And – before the students and teachers from Ardee Community School split for some time off class – the school came together on Friday to have a bit of dress up fun and raise money for Alopecia UK in the process.
There wasn’t a uniform in sight yesterday as students paid €2 each on the day for the school’s non-uniform and hat day. With many colourful hats on show – even from the teachers! – the day was a major success, with €1,350 raised for Alopecia UK. With the students on the cusp of a mid-term break, the atmosphere was a happy one all day long.
“The idea came from one of the members on student council, who suffers from alopecia,” chair of the Student Council Niamh Crawley told ThisIsArdee.ie. “We decided to do something for Alopecia because it’s something we’ve never done before and we wanted to include hats because we felt that it was appropriate for the charity, yet we didn’t want to cause offence to any Alopecia sufferers.
“It’s a great cause and not only did we raise much needed funds, but also awareness for the cause,” she said.
Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles , which is where hair growth begins.