Almost 200 students and staff have registered so far to take part in NUIG Students’ Union’s Kilometer Challenge which starts today.
Taking place throughout November, it is the first of six charity challenges which will raise funds for three Galway charities.
The aim of the first 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 Students’ Union 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 this month and continuing until April.
They will allow participants to stay active and connected while raising much needed funds for three great causes at the same time.
“We are very excited to start our Charity Challenge to support three amazing charities,” said Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey.
“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.”
Students’ Union Welfare and Equality Officer Róisín Nic Lochlainn said that 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,” said Róisín. “This year more than ever our charities need as much help fundraising as possible to keep providing their vital services.”
Donations can be made online at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nuig-su-charity-challenge