NUI Galway Students’ Union organised a wide array of charity events over the 2013/14 academic year with more than 500 students taking part in naked calendars, charity skydives, aquathons, fight nights, a Christmas day in November and collection days to raise €11,000 for charity.
All of the money raised from these events has been donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2013/14, which are Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC ).
Regarding the effort made by participating students, Declan Higgins, Students’ Union president said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, students have once again done their bit to help others. NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves this year.”
Thanking the students of NUI Galway for their continued support of Galway Rape Crisis Centre, executive director Helen Mortimer, said: “Income levels for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre continue to fall due to grant cuts and a poor commitment by Government to address the issues of sexual violence and child abuse. These funds will be a huge help.”
ISPCC fundraising officer, Emma Hayden, said: “We are delighted with this support from NUI Galway Students’ Union. The money raised will go towards funding our 24-hour Childline telephone and online services. Last year in our Galway office alone, we received just over 35,000 calls from children that are vulnerable, alone or in need of the support of a trusted adult.”
Applications are now open for charities wishing to apply to be considered as one of the Students’ Union nominated charities for the 2014/15 academic year. Further information is available at www.su.nuigalway.ie