Student Has SVP Cheque Cancelled After Saying He'd Spend It At The Races

Student Has SVP Cheque Cancelled After Saying He'd Spend It At The Races
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spinsouthwest

11 Sep 2018

A student who needed emergency funding to secure a college place has had his cheque cancelled by St Vincent De Paul after he bragged about it on social media.

A number of people complained to the charity after seeing a picture of the cheque online with the caption 'That's me sorted for the Listowel races'.

SVP has apologised for any upset to the public and says it believes it was just an act of bravado, because the student was a genuine case.

In a statement St Vincent De Paul said: "It is SVP policy not to talk about any individual or family it supports.

In relation to the SVP Education Bursary scheme which provides help for many students to access third level education there is a strong process in place for receiving and approving applications.

Where support is provided the normal policy is to make cheques payable directly to the colleges or accommodation provider.

SVP takes very seriously anything that could suggest a misuse of its support which ultimately comes from public donations.”