By Eva Osborne Sherlock
The University of Galway’s Students’ Union (SU) have announced their charity partners for the 2023/2024 academic year.
As of today, (Monday, 16 October) the SU is partnered with Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Cancer Care West.
The union said that it will be holding fundraising events throughout the academic year on behalf of the two charities.
Galway Rape Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing professional, caring and confidential counselling and support to those affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Cancer Care West aims to provide professional and community-based practical and emotional support services to anyone affected by cancer, free of charge.
‘Two amazing charities’
Commenting on the union’s charity partners, SU President Dean Kenny 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.”
Executive director of Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Cathy Connolly, said the centre is “delighted” to be partnered with the SU:
“This initiative will help us to offer counselling to our crisis clients and reduce our waiting list.”
She added that their mission is to end society’s tolerance of sexual violence through awareness raising and education programmes.
CEO of Cancer Care West, Richard Flaherty commented:
“We are delighted to be a nominated charity of the University’s Student Union.”
“Cancer is an insidious disease that touches everyone at some point in their lives,”
“So, not only will this raise vital funds for us but it will also highlight the work we do among the student population, as they or their family members may have need of our services in the future.”