UL Student Life’s Charity Week Was a Huge Success With €16,000 Raised For Four Local Charities.
With the help of over 40 student volunteers, students raised much-needed funds for charities in the Limerick area during charity week back in February.
Rape Crisis Mid-West, Limerick Suicide Watch, The Peter McVeery Trust and Clare’s Wish will each receive four thousand Euro.
UL President Des Fitzgerald donated an additional €1,000 to a charity of students’ choice which was voted on Monday the 8th of April through an online poll. Limerick Suicide Watch was the charity of choice with 1,322 students voting for the charity they wanted get the extra cash boost. A presentation was held in the common room of UL Student Life’s building on the 10th of April.
Speaking on behalf of UL Student Life, Welfare Officer Lorcan O’Donnell said:
“This is a highlight of the year – we’re able to give back to the local community, bring Charity Week back to its charity roots, and it’s so great to see this, especially because other Universities have scaled back their charity weeks due to backlash.”
UL Student Life President Ciara Jo Hanlon also remarked “it’s great we got a full week this year after the snow ruined it last year!”
Lucy Smith from Rape Crisis Midwest conveyed a huge amount of gratitude towards UL Student Life explaining “How much it means to the up keep and running of their organisation” Lucy also remarked on the history of students supporting their organisation and in particular those from UL.
Danielle with Clare’s Wish also expressed gratitude for the donations, saying that “having money in our account is so important, we don’t want to be the charity that turns people down because we don’t have the money, so it’s great we can be the right people at the right time”.
Lucy O’Hara of Limerick Suicide Watch says the money will go an “awful long way” in the running of the charity, disclosing that it costs 45,000 Euro to run the group between insurance, training and equipment, so the money will be “a huge help.”