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Jamie spreading positivity in memory of teacher

AN Omagh school pupil with an entrepreneurial eye has produced a special calendar filled with positive thoughts to raise money for a local cancer charity.

Jamie Harkin (18), who is Drumragh Integrated College’s head boy, was inspired to create his ‘366 Pockets of Positivity’ in memory of the late Graham Peters, a popular teacher at the school before his death from cancer in 2017.

Described by Jamie as “your daily prescription of inspiration”, the calendar is filled with positive quotes – one for every single day – from Mr Peters as well as from inspirational speakers, story characters and many more sources.

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Initially, a limited quantity of only 500 have been produced, with all the proceeds going towards Care for Cancer, where Jamie volunteers weekly.

The teenager, who is preparing to go on to university next year, said, “At a time with much wrongs in the world, I felt that compiling a full quote calendar with a thought for every day would be the most fitting tribute to a man who was such a huge part of our lives and perfect for promoting an ethos of positivity as we move on next year to achieve our own goals.”

Jamie said that Mr Peters, who had a huge love of quotes, had taught him English for four years and developed his love for the subject.

Graham Peters.

He said, “Mr Peters used to say, ‘I’m not leaving until I see you smile’. We have printed this inside the front cover of our calendar as a reminder of the happiness Mr Peters gave us.”

Jamie said there has been a “tremendous response” since the calendars were launched last Thursday.

He said, “The calendars were on sale at the College Christmas Fair on Friday and we had a fantastic response with customers even purchasing to send to family in Spain and Australia.”

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Over half have been sold so far and – if the demand is there – more will be produced.

While his latest venture is entirely for charity, the A-Level student has had a flair for business ideas from a young age.

Drumragh principal, Nigel Frith, said, “It has been clear to us since Jamie joined the school in year eight that he is a gifted businessman. One of his first ventures in the school was an initiative called ‘The Red Bow Bears’, which involved selling teddy bears with red bows and name tags.

“In order for this to succeed Jamie knew how to buy the bears, dry-clean them, obtain the other resources needed and make a profit.

“Jamie has a natural flair for business and so we encourage him to use it well. We are proud of him for his achievements.”

Calendars can be purchased by contacting Drumragh Integrated College office on 028 82252440, and also from Care for Cancer on Campsie Road or OmaTile on Dromore Road.

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