Students of the Diploma in Community Wellness, Empowerment, Leadership and Lifeskills (CWELL)’ developed and run in partnership by the University of Limerick and St Mary’s Community officially launched their Christmas market outside King John’s Castle on Thursday.
The three-day fundraiser aims to raise much needed funds for projects in Limerick’s St. Mary’s community, including the community’s mother and toddler group and the community allotment.
Majella Cosgrove, a student of CWELL, said, “This was the first time we have ever done anything like that. One of the students came up with the idea of the Christmas market to raise awareness for CWELL and also to raise funds.”
“The whole thing is the learning process for us. Most of these market holders had stalls or have run markets before, we didn’t know the whole logistics of running markets,” Mrs. Cosgrove explained.
The residents of St. Mary Community run the majority of the 14 stalls planned to pitch at the Market.
Stall holder Sinead Hayes commented the idea of the event, saying, ”It will help the community because it brings everyone together. It allows people to know that we are home-based business and that we can also have the opportunity for them to start their own home-based business.”
CWELL students also plan to hold an event on an annual basis.
“We are going to have an annual event because when people see this the community will be behind us more,” Mrs. Cosgrove added.