The first offical event of SHARE 53 is Yellow Day! Every year in schools all around Cork students come together to donate to SHARE to warm up to the Christmas season when the main SHARE collection begins.

True SHARE spirit will be extended across the schools of Cork on November 25th for the third annual Yellow Day. In recognition of the challenges the pandemic has brought to connecting with our Elderly, the students of Cork will once again wear yellow on Friday November 25th to raise funds and awareness of the isolation felt by the vulnerable elderly. On the day, hundreds of students from schools across the City will don the familiar yellow jackets, as well as yellow clothes, to raise awareness of the SHARE (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly) organisation.

The annual street collection fundraising campaign will happen as usual in December where a number of students will take part in the annual SHARE 24-hour fast, and keeping with tradition, students will attend the crib daily in the run-up to Christmas as they co-ordinate the daily fundraising effort. Students will collect right up until Christmas Eve, raising much-needed funds for a charity that has looked after the elderly in the region for half a century.

Yellow Day was introduced in 2020 as an outreach to schools across Cork wishing to participate in the annual campaign. Schools and students readily embraced the initiative of wearing yellow for one day and seeking sponsorship for the worthy cause and the response to date has been phenomenal.

Speaking at the launch of Yellow Day, Chair of the 2021 Executive, Daniel Prestwich said,

“This is an extra special year for the SHARE team. The isolation felt by the elderly has no doubt been exacerbated by the pandemic. This year, we’re asking everyone to recognise that many have borne hardship and been left behind, that there is a lingering pandemic of isolation and loneliness, and that each and every one of us can do a little daily, by remembering that every person matters.”

Ben Horgan, who is leading the Yellow Day initiative said, “It’s a simple but very meaningful gesture. We want everyone to wear yellow this year, connect with the elderly in Cork,  and together we can combat loneliness. All of the schools involved this year have been enthusiastic and hugely supportive of Yellow Day, so we will all be working hard to make it even bigger and better this year.”

Find the CorkBeo, EchoLive & Cork Safety Alerts articles on Yellow day attached below !