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CHARITY: Ali Hewson with fifth-class students at Notre Dame Junior School in Dundrum (and below) who are taking part in the Children Helping Children Project

CHARITY: Ali Hewson with fifth-class students at Notre Dame Junior School in Dundrum (and below) who are taking part in the Children Helping Children Project

CHARITY: Ali Hewson with fifth-class students at Notre Dame Junior School in Dundrum (and below) who are taking part in the Children Helping Children Project

PUPILS at a South Dublin school welcomed charity campaigner Ali Hewson to tell her about their project helping others less fortunate than themselves.

Bono's wife visited fifth-class students at Notre Dame Junior School in Dundrum.

The mother-of-four saw the contribution pupils have been making to improve the lives of children at home and abroad by taking part in the Children Helping Children Project.

Participants gain entrepreneurial and social skills while improving the lives of less fortunate children in Ireland and overseas.

The 11-year-old children showed Ali how the project work provides them with business skills and teamwork opportunities.

A friend and supporter of the Children Helping Children Project for the past 15 years, Ali praised the project's founder and mentor, Ken King

"It seems adults can sometimes complicate issues that children see clearly, like the need for equality and social justice.

"Ken King has managed to focus their energy and desire with a clear idea of how to turn it into real action."

Since it was founded in 1995, the Children Helping Children Project has raised more than €250,000.

Ken King said the children involved had shown that "the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in the upcoming generation".

Funds raised this year will benefit Crumlin Children's Hospital, Down Syndrome Ireland & Rainbows Worldwide.

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