University of Galway Students’ Union has announced that its charity partners for the 2022/23 academic year will be Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Galway Simon Community.
The Union will be holding fundraising events throughout the year on behalf of the two charities.
Students’ Union President Sai Gujulla said that they are excited to raise much needed funds for the two amazing charities.
He said that over the academic year, events will be organised to help students and staff to feel part of the University community, volunteer, have fun and keep active while fundraising.
Cathy Connolly, Executive Director of Galway Rape Crisis Centre, said that the charity is delighted to have been chosen by the Students’ Union as one of its nominated charities for this year.
“Many University of Galway students have been part of our volunteer fundraising team in the past, and we are ever grateful for the Students’ Union’s continued support,” she said.
“This initiative will help us to offer counselling to our crisis clients and reduce our waiting list, thereby strengthening our impact and fulfil our mission of ending cultural and societal tolerance of sexual violence through advocacy, awareness raising and education programmes.”
Aisling O’Hara of Galway Simon Community also welcomed the decision, saying that with an increase of 25% in the number of 18-25-year olds experiencing or at risk of homelessness, vital funds are needed to support these young adults and help them from falling into cyclical homelessness.
“Funds will be used for targeted trauma informed supports, which are designed to build resilience and keep these young adults connected to their local communities.”