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Students from the Entrepreneurship/Start your Own Business Course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education, have cooperated to create and launch the “PawsFromUkraine” fundraising calendar in aid of the Blue Cross. 

This calendar is a curated selection of photographs that showcases the inspiring stories of some 600 Ukranian families and their much-loved dogs, many of whom risked their own lives to escape the ravages of war in Ukraine and find refuge in Ireland. The photographs within reflect on the incredibly unique bond that exists between families and their canine companions. 

This series of photographs, captured by Entrepreneurship students, Charlie Murphy and Mariia Koshyrenkova tells a unique story. Each month highlights the strength and courage it has taken these families to overcome adversity.   Charlie and Mariia travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to meet with these families and their pets and hear their courageous and inspiring stories.  

The “Paws from Ukraine” calendar is a testament to the resilience of these families and their loyal companions, capturing the spirit of hope, unity, and the enduring human-animal bond. Through a series of heart-warming photographs, each month tells a unique story, highlighting the journey taken to gain refuge.  The calendar will be supported by a documentary and Photograph book detailing each of the participants stories. 

Proceeds from the calendar will be directed towards supporting the invaluable work of the Blue Cross, an organisation dedicated to providing essential veterinary care and support for pets in need. The funds raised will contribute to the Blue Cross’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all animals, regardless of their origin, receive the care and attention they deserve. 

“We are immensely proud of our students at Coláiste Dhúlaigh for their compassion, creativity, and commitment to making this project work” said Sharon McIlvenna, Entrepreneurship Course Tutor at CDCFE. “The ‘Paws from Ukraine’ calendar not only serves as a beautiful tribute to the human-pet bond but also plays a crucial role in supporting those who have experienced the hardships of war.” 

To learn more about the “PawsfromUkraine” fundraising calendar and to show your support, follow us on Instagram at “PawsfromUkraine.” The calendar will be available for purchase online and at select local retailers and pop-up stores from mid-December. 

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Paws from Ukraine charity calendar


About our Entrepreneurship course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education: 

We are delighted to be able to nurture and support this wonderful Social Enterprise initiative from our Entrepreneurship Programme students here at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE.  

Now in its fourth year, this course has been a successful hub for Entrepreneurs.  The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the business and marketing fundamentals needed to start their own business. 

“We are thrilled to celebrate the fourth year of our “Entrepreneurship course” said Sharon McIlvenna, Entrepreneurship Tutor at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE.  Over the past four years we have seen remarkable growth and achievement amongst our students with many having launched and now operating their own successful ventures. 

Our course provides an understanding of what is needed to successfully navigate the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship and business and provides support in the key aspects of business planning, marketing strategy and development and financial planning. 

The course is run and provided by Industry experienced tutors who can bring their own insights and practical knowledge to the classroom and provide mentoring to students on a one-to-one basis. 

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