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St Malachy's students turn A Level coursework into raising funds for mental health charity

The St Malachy's students using their heads and raising over £1,000 for TAMHI

A BUNCH of St Malachy's College students raised over £1,000 for a mental health charity through creating a golf day as part of their A Level coursework.

Malachy Burns, younger brother of Bobby and Patrick, was one of six students who hatched the novel idea that helped with their studies and made an invaluable contribution to the local community.

As part of their Sports Science A Level the students were tasked with promoting a healthy lifestyle aspect to their coursework - and mental health charity TAMHI (Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues) was the main beneficiary.

Malachy, Anthony McGarrigle, James Johnston, Simon Ostermeyer, Caoimhin Maguire and Ben Dunlop were the students involved.

"The whole idea came about last summer when I played in my first golf day," explained Malachy, who is head boy of his year.

"After a few weeks, I was able to convince the rest of the group that we could carry out a charity golf event for our A Level coursework. We felt that holding a golf day would be more than appropriate to achieve all our objectives. It is also an original idea in terms of our previous Sports Science events, as no class has ever organised a golf tournament. We wanted to raise the bar and we were absolutely delighted to raise just over £1,000 through the school-based event."

Malachy also praised the work and tangible difference TAMHI has made in helping young people in places like north Belfast.

"Every year TAMHI carry out 'the schools programme', they take on several students and give them the opportunity to become youth leaders within the community. I along with a few other members of the class took part in this programme last year and we even managed to win the young leaders award within our community. Over the past several years the school has been through a lot, with many tragic deaths.

"TAMHI has always been there for us as students and have looked after us. They are real people in our community that make a real difference.

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