NUI Galway staff raise €27,000 for charities

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Blue Teapot NUI Galway (L-R) Emer Macken, Jenny Cox, Kieran Coppinger, Valerie Egan, Richard Hickey, Charlene Kelly, Patrick Becker, Michael Hayes.

A special scheme which allows NUI Galway staff to donate to charities has raised €26,900, the University has announced today.

The college’s An Ciste Carthanachta is supporting 13 charities in the Galway region thanks to monthly donations and one-off gifts during 2020.

President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, thanked thank all of the staff who contributed to raise funds for local charities, saying that it is ‘kindness made real’.

“It is also a powerful signal that our vision and values of respect and openness permeate all of our thinking and our work, and it demonstrates that our focus on the public good can begin with modest ideas and grow to make significant differences to the lives of people in our community,” said the University’s President.

The fund is being shared among 13 charities in the Galway region which support the homeless, the vulnerable and people with additional needs, as well as helping to address health, mental health and suicide, and in making the city and county a safer and more caring place to be.

The benefitting charities are Galway Simon Community, COPE Galway, Galway Hospice, Samaritans, St Vincent de Paul, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Croí, Kinvara Alive, Western Alzheimers Galway, Galway Autism Partnership, Order of Malta, Claddagh Watch, and the Blue Teapot Theatre Company.

Blue Teapot NUI Galway (L-R) Kieran Coppinger, Michael Hayes, Emer Macken, Jenny Cox, Patrick Becker, Valerie Egan.

Imelda Byrne, spokesperson for NUI Galway’s An Ciste Carthanachta, said that An Ciste Carthanachta was acutely aware of the impact of the pandemic has had on charities.

“Our colleagues deserve credit for the way in which they have responded to this perfect storm, with a significant increase in donations on the previous year giving the University the opportunity to support 13 charities,” said Imelda Byrne.

Galway Simon Community is one of the charities to benefit from the fund, with chief executive Karen Golden explaining the difference the donations are making.

“Galway Simon Community supported 646 households in 2020, comprising of 1,216 individuals,” said Karen.

“In the midst of the pandemic, we were able to prevent hundreds of individuals and families from homelessness thanks to the extraordinary dedication and hard work of our staff and volunteer teams who continued to support clients every single day,” Ms Golden said.

“The funds from NUI Galway will enable us to support more people experiencing and at risk of homelessness in our community and to help them to leave homelessness behind for good.”