CORK’S iconic Christmas symbol, the Share crib, is being lit today, marking the start of Share’s Christmas fundraising efforts.

Over the next two weeks, hundreds of students from 22 schools across the City will don the familiar yellow jackets and rally the troops for the annual fundraising drive.

SHARE Student Executive members Picture: Gerard McCarthy

The Share crib will be lit up today at 6pm, as it has been for the past 50 years.

From December 13 to 24, a number of students will take part in the annual Share 24-hour fast, and in keeping with long-standing tradition, students will staff the crib daily in the run-up to Christmas.

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.

The organisation, led by students, runs 140 homes in the area, across seven locations.

Students visit these homes on a weekly basis, offering much sought-after social engagement.

In addition to this, the Brother Jerome Day Care Centre caters for up to 125 clients each week, offering a social environment, hot meals, fun, and activities.

Bridget O’Neill, Paddy Hogan, Gerard Sheenan and Mary Greaney from SHARE community, Pictured at the annual SHARE Christmas Party celebration.Picture: Gerard McCarthy

Speaking ahead of the launch, chair of the executive, James McCarthy, said: “Come wind, rain or hail, every year, students from all over Cork come together for this extremely worthy cause.

“It is a tradition we are immensely proud of and a cause that is so close to our hearts.

“This is always a really special night in the city and anyone who attends will tell you that there is a real air of care, community, and Christmas spirit.”

  • To donate to SHARE log onto their Gofundme page: here