University of Limerick charity week brings giving to a higher level

Wild Youth were one of the big attractions at UL Charity Week.

UNIVERSITY of Limerick students are as fond of a good time as students anywhere but, during their annual Charity Week, they take time out to give something back and this year €20,000 was raised for two charities.

UL Student Life, the student body for the University of Limerick is responsible for running Charity Week in the second semester of each academic year.

The week is filled with fundraising activities and three big evening entertainment gigs.

This year, two student chosen charities, the local branch of the Irish Red Cross and the Irish Air Ambulance, will each receive  €10,000 donations.

The student courtyard hosted Cabal, a Limerick DJ Collective, and Shane Codd, while Wild Youth and Lea Heart filled Dolans Warehouse on the Dock Road. During the day there were activities including shave or die and leg waxing. There were also activities run throughout the year including student quizzes and games nights.

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Student Engagement Coordinator, Dara Fahy, said: “It is very important for us to listen to the student voice and what the students want to raise their money for. “Both of these charities are close to the hearts of many students on campus but especially those in our Clubs and Societies.”

Due to the Covid pandemic, UL Student Life was unable to run any fundraising for the last number of years.

Outgoing Student President, Cillian O’Donohue said: “We were keen to have the most engagement possible so we moved Charity Week to later in the semester in the hope that restrictions would be lifted. It was great to see so many students back having a good time.”