::Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly


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Students Harness Aid for Relief of Elderly (formerly Schoolboys Harness Aid for Relief of Elderly) or SHARE, is a charitable organisation based in Cork, Ireland, dedicated to providing housing and other support for the elderly poor. One newspaper summed up that: "SHARE has brought help and hope, homes and happiness to the lonely old people who have been forgotten by society".<ref name="Media">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The organisation was founded in 1970 by Brother Jerome Kelly and students of Presentation Brothers College, Cork, to deal with the social issues of the time. As it gathered momentum, other schools in Cork joined, and today students from 18 secondary schools collaborate in organising every aspect of the charity. Since its founding, over 200 custom-built homes have been provided by the organisation.

Work by the members of SHARE is year-round, but its most active period is the Christmas Fast & Fundraising Campaign, when over 1800 students collect in Cork city centre. The charity's sole collection period lasts only ten days, which has made it a recognisable part of the Cork Christmas season. It has received recognition from the media, important Irish political figures, and the people of Cork; but it is the involvement of students from all of Cork city's secondary schools has made SHARE "a truly unique and effective organisation" in Ireland today.<ref name="Clune">Lord Mayor of Cork Deirdre Clune; quoted in {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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