Gráinne Coyle is a 14 year old scout from 3rd Donegal Raphoe Scout Group, and has been involved in scouts since she was 6 years old. She has recently started her community project for a Chief Scout Award and she has decided to collect unwanted books. The books will go to the Peter McVerry Trust which helps homeless people in Ireland. As we all know homelessness is a huge problem in this country and it would be good to help the homeless community in some small way. Please take a look on your shelves or in your spare rooms for any of your old or unwanted books which are in good and reusable condition and hand them into the designated collection points by the 31st of July. Grainne will then gather all the books and give them to The Peter McVerry Trust who will be most grateful for this donation.

CSA stands for Chief Scout Award and is a badge that is earned at the end of 3 years in scouts. It involves lots of hard work including organising camps and learning new skills. The projects include working with your community, helping the environment, doing physical activity, learning new skills such as first aid and hillwalking, completing a two-day expedition in the mountains and organising a camp with other people. To date, Grainne has organised a camp for her scout group in Wicklow and  met up with another similar group, she has planted trees, and is also undertaking to feed wildbirds. Grainne and her scouting group went on an expedition around the Kerry mountains for a few days to improve navigation skills, and has made bird and bat boxes, and her final project is this worthwhile community project -collecting books. This is a great way to help the homeless community, reading is a great way of transporting yourself to a different world even for just a little while, it’s a way to learn and update skills and information, and as she comes from a big reading family that have a lot of books, it spawned the charity idea.  Books may be left in McMahon’s Centra, Scotstown by 31st July, and follow the Facebook page called Gráinne Coyle`s CSA Book Drive which keeps you updated on how she is doing and with any more information. Remember to drop off your books at any of the collection points.