Clongowes Wood College students push a duck from Kildare to Clare to raise funds for Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

Like all hospitals in Ireland, Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC) is always in need of more specialised equipment. The hospital depends on charity groups to assist in raising funds for their purchasing programme.

Money to purchase six incubators in the hospital was raised by Transition Year (TY) students at Clongowes Wood College, Clane, County Kildare in their annual Duck Push. The Duck Push team of 20 boys push and pull an eight-foot yellow papier-mâché duck along a designated route across the country. This year the Duck Push is from Kildare to Ennis in County Clare. Funds are collected en route.

Since 1993 the TY students have raised over 1 million euro to provide life saving equipment for every department in OLCHC . Consultant paediatric oncologist Dr Anne O'Meara is the link person with the hospital. In advance of the Duck Push every year the TY students ask her to,

Highlight a piece of equipment that the hospital needs and would otherwise probably not get.

Dr Anne O'Meara is continually amazed by the amount of money the students manage to fundraise, which always exceeds her expectations.

The 220 mile Duck Push route is a gruelling test of stamina. Student Niall Beddy admits,

My feet are sore pretty sore but not too bad, I can keep going.

Duck Push coordinator Frank Kelly notes that in spite of the challenges, the students support each other to the end,

There is great camaraderie in this thing and it's great fun.

By the time the students reach Ennis they have already exceeded their target, raising more than 130,000 euro.

It just is going to make a huge difference and it’s great to be part of it.

The OLCHC plans to use the funds to purchase a cutting edge dialysis machine.

A 'Nationwide’ report broadcast on 26 June 2002. The reporter is Mary Fanning.