Following the break-in at the Scout’s storage container beside St Mary’s School in Lucan Village in March, the scouts have been fortunate to recover some of the lost camping equipment, receive donations of equipment worth at over €1500 and raise almost €1000 from the local community to help replace the remainder.
Thieves struck just one month before the first big camp of the year and took the majority of the camping equipment stored there. Luckily, the 270 members, their friends & families came together to repair the damage done to the container itself and get a true idea of the loss. Thanks to the work of the Gardaí in Lucan Garda Station, St Mary's School, the community and several local and national media outlets - various tents and other equipment was recovered and several more pieces of equipment were donated.
The scouts started an iDonate online fundraising page and were honoured with being asked to lead the Lucan St Patrick’s Day Parade. Between both sources, they have raised just under €1000 which will be used to invest in new equipment to replace that lost.
Although the loss was still felt, the scouts were able to camp successfully over the Easter break and are currently planning their next camp for May.
Cathal, the Senior Patrol Leader of the Scout Troop, spoke on behalf of all the scouts to say “This is great for us. It just goes to show the public support for Scouting in Lucan. It will certainly be a help us for the future. Thanks to everyone for the help.”
The scouts still have some work to do to get their level of equipment back up to where it was and have kept the online fundraising page open for anyone that would like to contribute to the work of the group – it can be found at www.180thlss.ie