NUI Galway Students’ Union raised €12,500 for their nominated charities BeLonG To and Console this academic year.
Students took part in a wide range of activities and fundraisers throughout the year including; aquathlons, Croagh Patrick climbs, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, calendar sales, pet farm visits and collection days.
 
Declan Higgins, Students’ Union President said:
 
“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.”
 
Margaret Tierney, Project Development Manager of Console said:
 
“We are indebted to NUI Galway Students’ Union for choosing Console as one of their charity partners, thereby raising awareness of the work of the Console Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Charity. 
 
"We are always there to help when you are going through a difficult time and our free helpline 1800 247 247 operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week.” 
 
David Carroll, Executive Director of BeLonG To, was also very grateful to the college: 
 
"We're delighted to be one of this year's chosen charities by NUI Galway's Students Union. The support of allies like the students of NUIG is vital to our work to eliminate homophobic and transphobic bullying and support those lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people and their families and to build a fairer more equal Ireland."
 

Photo: Aengus McMahon