Dundalk IT students raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Some of the students supporting the event yesterday by selling tickets

Some of the students supporting the event yesterday by selling tickets

The final year Business Ethics students at Dundalk Institute of Technology were set the task recently of creating a charity event to raise awareness and funds for a chosen charity. After a class vote, the charity chosen was Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI).
MDI provide information and support to people with neuromuscular conditions and their families through a range of support services and is a voluntary organisation depending solely on donations and state contributions.
From Tuesday to Thursday of this week the class has been running various events to help achieve the goals set out. Tickets are being sold all week for the raffle which takes place this afternoon in the DkIT college bar. There are some great prizes to be won, including 2 Garth Brooks tickets, signed Liverpool and Ireland rugby jerseys, a DVD player, hampers, bottles of wine etc.
Fr Patrick Rushe, the college chaplain, locked up in a temporary jail to raise funds for MDI

Fr Patrick Rushe, the college chaplain, locked up in a temporary jail to raise funds for MDI

The class also organised, a wheelchair basketball tournament on Tuesday, which was great success. Yesterday was the main day of the week, the ‘Jail Break’ and ‘Day in the Life’. DkIT’s chaplain Fr Patrick Rushe (or Fr Paddy as he’s most commonly known) volunteered to be the prisoner in the make shift jail cell, and would remain there until the €500 bail was met by donations both offline (through collecting donations throughout the college) and online (through the MyCharity page set up).

By around 2pm the bail was met and Fr Paddy was released. The event attracted a great vibe around the college and it was brilliant to see how charitable the students were to such as great cause.
Another event which was also run was called ‘A Day In The Life’ where six members of DkIT, including lecturer Colin Cooney, spent the day in a wheelchair. Over €2,700 was raised yesterday alone. The goal is to raise €10,000 by tonight and all of the proceeds will go to MDI.
The class so far have raised close to €9000 as of yesterday so this evening there will be a final push to try and raise the last few donations and to sell the final raffle tickets to reach the goal.
The class along with MDI are very grateful for the support of the students and anyone who was made donations, sponsored the various events, provided raffle prizes etc. There cannot be enough praise given for the kindness and generosity that had being shown. If anyone wishes to make any donations, small or large it would greatly be appreciated and you can do so here.
Action from the wheelchair basketball tournament

Action from the wheelchair basketball tournament

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