NUIG Students’ Union raises €13,000 for charities

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Pictured (Left to Right): Pádraic Toomey (NUIG SU) Aisling Colreavy (Galway Autism Partnership), Susan Costello (Galway Rape Crisis Centre), Lochlann Scott (Helplink Mental Health), Emma Sweeney (NUIG SU)

NUI Galway Students’ Union has today presented the proceeds of their Charity Challenge fundraising events to Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health.

The Charity Challenge saw NUI Galway students and staff take on different challenges each month from November to April to raise over €13,000 for the charities.

Over 400 people signed up to take park in Kilometre Challenges, Random Act of Kindness Challenges, Choose Your Own Challenge, the New Year Challenge and the Hair Raiser Challenge.

The challenges helped the NUI Galway community to stay active and engaged whilst raising funds for three great causes.

Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said that the response to the 6 months of challenges was fantastic and it helped us all feel connected even though we were apart.

“Despite the huge challenges we all faced this year, students have once again done their bit to help others,” he said.

“NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves again this year.”

Students’ Union Vice-President/Education Officer Emma Sweeney added: “In what has been a very stressful academic year it’s great that the students of NUI Galway have put such a huge effort in to raising funds to help others.

“We are delighted to be presenting €13,000 to these three amazing charities who do so much for those in need.

“To have raised so much more than last year, in the height of a pandemic, is a great achievement for all involved.”