Blackrock College has taken delivery of a brand new Peugeot 208 from Gowan
Motors Merrion as the prize in a raffle which aims to raise funds to build a new school
in Kenya. In attendance at the launch of the Machakos Car Raffle was rugby pundit
and Peugeot Brand Ambassador, George Hook, alongside pupils and staff from
Blackrock College and Gowan Motors Merrion representatives.
The past pupils and current students at Blackrock College were asked by the Kenyan
Foundation of Spiritan priests in 2011 to help build a much needed new secondary
school in Kenya. The new Holy Ghost School Machakos will be located two hours
south-east of Nairobi, in a region of significant deprivation and under-development.
The area currently has no second-level education at all and for hundreds of children
educational opportunities cease once they complete their primary years. The new
School will open up a new world of education, knowledge and personal growth for
Blackrock College has organised extensive range of events since 2011 which have
generated over €160,000 towards the Machakos project to date. The latest charity
drive, the Machakos Car Raffle, which was launched on the 22nd February, aims to
raise a further €40,000.
At the launch Blackrock College’s Principal Alan Mac Ginty said, “I thank our past and
present pupils and the extended Blackrock family for their support for the Machakos
School Project. I have no doubt that they will support this charity raffle organized in
conjunction with Gowan Motors Merrion with their usual enthusiasm. I particularly
wish to thank Gowan Motors Merrion for their support and encouragement. The
Peugeot 208 is already the centre of attention and represents a wonderful prize for the
The new Peugeot 208, winner of the Irish Small Car of the Year 2013 accolade, is
worth €16,500. Purchasers of the €25 raffle ticket can also claim a discount off
Servicing for all makes and models, or €250 towards the purchase of a new Peugeot
vehicle exclusively through Gowan Motors Merrion.
The draw will take place in the College on May 19th 2013 and tickets can be
purchased at the College Reception or Union Office.
L- R 0013 Evan Kenny; George Hook; Paul McSweeny
L- R 0014 Thomas Corless; George Hook; Christian Delaney