UL Charity Week raise €15,000 for Rape Crisis Midwest and Jigsaw Limerick

Maeve Gilmore, Deputy Student President, and Kieran Guiry, Student Academic Officer

UL STUDENT Life, the student representative body of UL, presented €15,000 to two local charities.

Rape Crisis Midwest and Jigsaw Limerick will each receive €7,500, which was raised by UL students through a number of events as part of this year’s Charity Week.

The two charities were chosen by UL students at the beginning of the academic year, with all fundraising initiatives geared towards raising vital funds.

Rape Crisis Midwest support victims of rape and sexual assault. They offer counselling services to victims of rape / sexual assault and to adult survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse.

Karen O’Donnell O’Connor, Director of Rape Crisis Midwest said they “couldn’t be more thankful” to receive these funds raised by UL Students.

“The money that is contributed to our centre will be used to support these services for survivors, their families, and supporters. Unfortunately, the area of rape and sexual assault is not going away. ”

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Jigsaw Limerick is a free, non-judgemental, and confidential mental health support service for young people aged 12 – 25 living, working, or studying Limerick City and County.

Aoife Walsh, Youth and Community Engagement worker at Jigsaw Limerick said: “This money will go towards helping those young people directly, without it, we couldn’t exist. Jigsaw depends on funding to run so we are really grateful for it.”