NUI Galway’s Students’ Union (NUIGSU) have raised €20,500 for domestic violence response, and LGBT+ charity, AMACH!
To raise the funds, students participated in cake sales, collection days, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and a Christmas Day in November.
“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, students have once again done their bit to help others. NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves this year,” said Students’ Union President, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh.
Domestic Violence Response is a community-based charity who respond to the issue of domestic violence in County Galway. Elizabeth Power at Domestic Violence Response said: “NUI Galway students are making a direct positive impact on the lives of women of all ages and backgrounds in Galway City and County as our service provides a lifeline for women and children who struggle to cope with abuse in their lives.”
Other beneficiary AMACH! said they were ‘honoured’ to receive the funds. AMACH! Represents the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in County Galway.
“Money raised by the students will allow the continued growth of Teach Solais, LGBT+ resource centre, a health promotion hub and social space for members of the LGBT+ and the wider community to utilise,“ said Maria Molloy, Chairperson of AMACH!
Photo: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU), Clare Austick (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Elizabeth Power (Domestic Violence Response), Joanna Brophy (NUIG SU), at the Students Union presentation. Photo credit: Eibhlín Seoighthe