The Student Union has announced today that its charity partners for the year will be the Galway Rape Crisis Centre and The Simon Community.
Every year, the Student Union chooses two charities to fundraise for throughout the academic year. There will be events held within the college on behalf of the two charities. The Student Union president, Sai Gujulla said:
“We are very excited to raise much needed funds for these two amazing charities. Over the academic year our events will help our students and staff to feel part of the University community, volunteer, have fun and keep active while fundraising.”
The Simon Community
The Simon Community is a charity that helps those in and facing homelessness. It provides support and accommodation services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the West of Ireland. The charity recently hosted their annual ‘Sleep out for Simon’ event in Galway.
Aisling O’Hara of Galway Simon Community said “Galway Simon Community are delighted to have been nominated as one of University of Galway Students’ Union two charities for the coming year. With an increase of 25% in the number of 18-25-year old’s experiencing or at risk of homelessness, vital funds are needed to support these young adults and help them from falling into cyclical homelessness.”
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre is a team who is committed to providing a professional, caring and confidential counselling and support service for those in our community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Cathy Connolly, executive director of the Galway Rape Crisis Centre has said they are delighted to be one of the Student Union’s chosen charities this year: “Many University of Galway students have been part of our volunteer fundraising team in the past and we are ever grateful for the Students’ Unions continued support. This initiative will help us to offer counselling to our crisis clients and reduce our waiting list”
To volunteer to help at the Galway Rape Crisis Centre, click here.