NUI Galway Students' Union have chosen the Galway Rape Crisis Centre (GRCC) and the Irish Cancer Society as their nominated charities for the 2015/2016 academic year.
Every year the Students’ Union selects two charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. This year’s fundraising events will include a Christmas Day fundraiser in November and a pet farm visit with star of the show Kuzco the Llama in December.
 
Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “We are delighted to be supporting two very worthy charities this year. Students in NUI Galway have a very proud tradition of fundraising for charity. We hope to improve on last year’s total of €12,500 raised during the year.” 
 
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre offer emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual violence and abuse via a help line, face to face counselling, training and education services.
 
Cyril Connole of Galway Rape Crisis Centre expressed his delight that the SU had chosen the GRCC, stating that the, “Galway Rape Crisis Centre is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the NUI Galway Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/2016. 
 
"NUI Galway Students’ Unions commitment in working towards the betterment of every member of society will provide the necessary and vital help the GRCC needs.”
 
The Irish Cancer Society aim to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.
 
Similarly, John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society stated that he was 'delighted' to be chosen as a partner for NUI Galway Students’ Union.
 
"As an independent charity, we rely on the public to support the work which we do in providing free services to cancer patients in Galway and across the country. One in three people in Ireland will now get cancer with incidence on the increase so demand for our services continues to grow.”
 
 
Photo: Kuzco the Llama and admirer at last year’s SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit. Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe