NUI Galway Students’ Union (SU ) today began its Kilometre Challenge which is the first of six charity challenges to raise funds for three Galway charities.
Some 185 students and staff have registered so far to take part in the Kilometre Challenge which runs until Monday November 30. The aim of the challenge is to encourage participants to commit to completing a target number of kilometres throughout the month by walking, running, or on wheels all within their 5km radius.
This year the SU is raising funds for Galway Autism Partnership, Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Helplink Mental Health. Each month the Students’ Union will be organising a different charity challenge to raise funds for the charities starting in November and running through until April. The challenges will allow participants to stay active and connected while raising much needed funds for three great causes at the same time.
SU president Pádraic Toomey said: ““We are very excited to start our charity challenge to support three amazing charities. Over the next six months these events will help our students and staff to feel part of the NUIG community, have fun and keep active while fundraising. Our challenges are not one size fits all events - each participant can adapt them according to their own capabilities.”
SU welfare and equality officer Róisín Nic Lochlainn added; “It’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this even if we are apart. Turning exercise into a regular habit can transform your health, body and mind. This year more than ever our charities need as much help fundraising as possible to keep providing their vital services.”
Participants can register online for the challenge at: https://su.nuigalway.ie/nui-galway-students-union-charity-challenge/ .
Donations can be made online at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nuig-su-charity-challenge .