Castleknock College Summer Challenge

Steps 2 Ambo

We have arrived at our destination, Ambo!

Thank you to everyone involved.

And, thank you to the PRA, the Union and the College who have combined to match the total raised with another €8,800!!

As a school, we had aimed to travel the equal distance together through any form of exercise (walking, running, cycling, etc.) You can still send your photos to

The distance from St. Vincent’s College to Ambo Town in Ethiopia is 8,800km which translates into about 11,548,556 (fit-bit steps2ambo).

We would love if you could join us on this journey: by walking, cycling, running, swimming or undertaking any form of exercise which will help to get us closer to our destination.

Each Euro donated gets us 1km closer to Ambo…

You can track our progress by keeping a close eye on our map.

Your donations will provide crucial support for the following needs:

  • As a consequence of the economic crisis caused by Covid19 many of the local villagers in Ambo who are daily labourers have no work and no income. In  the past 8 weeks the Vincentian Fathers have provided over 250 families with basic food supplies such as rice, pasta, oil and flour. These are the people who have opened their lives and homes to the boys from St. Vincent’s during the school immersion programs. Many of the families live in the social housing project which the Vincentian Fathers have built for the poorest families in the area. Some of the money raised from ‘Steps2Ambo’ will be used to support these families through this most difficult of times.
  • Due to Covid19, the KG school and the Deaf school are both closed. However, the teachers are still engaged in outreaching to the children. This involves preparing worksheets and distributing them to their homes, encouraging the children to continue their learning. It is vital that we retain the services of our teachers. All of the KG teachers are qualified in the Montessori method of teaching and those in the Deaf school are competent in Sign Language. Some of the money will go towards assisting them in their outreach efforts, paying for materials such as paper and pencils, photocopying ink and to help pay their salaries.
  • Many of the children that students from the St. Vincent’s College have so much fun teaching and interacting with come from the poorest families in the village. The environment where they live often results in them picking up nasty infections (mostly skin and eye). We offer support to families so their children can be treated at the local clinic. This helps alleviate the very painful effects of the infection, prevents it spreading to other children and ensures they don’t have to miss school. Some of the money from ‘Steps2Ambo’ will go towards a fund we have in Ambo which is used to pay for clinic visits and medication. (Aprox €6 per visit). Without access to conventional medicine, parents often take their child to a traditional healer. This rarely helps and mostly results in the child being permanently scarred and living in pain for long periods of time.

Thank you for your kind donations. Every Euro goes a long way… (well it goes 1km). “Do one thing, do something”. Participate, Donate and Nominate!

Thanks to those who sent pictures and completed distances for Steps2Ambo

Well done Everyone!

Nicola Finglas, Louis Finglas, Alex Rothwell Mitchell & James Finglas who climbed Carrauntuohill for Steps2Ambo
Patrick O’Donnell at the summit of Croagh Patrick
James O’Neill who cycled for Steps2Ambo
Conor Fagan and family cycling around Achill Island for Steps2Ambo
Conor Toomey who swam 10km for Steps2Ambo
Christopher Gallery running into the distance in the Phoenix Park

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EDP End Of Year Newsletter 2019

VLM News from Ambo March 2019


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