AgSoc, the UCD Agricultural Science society recently handed over a donation totalling €60,000 to their two chosen charities, 22q11 Ireland and Pieta House. This is a record breaking figure for the society, adding to the substantial sum of €50,000 which the student society donated in 2017.

The huge sum was raised through a range social and educational events coupled with a number of fundraising drives taking place throughout the 2017/18 academic year.

Events, some of which drew crowds of up to 850 people, included an “Ags vs Vets” charity boxing night; a monster raffle with a pedigree Limousin heifer up for grabs, Careers Day and the renowned “Ag Week”.

The primary objective of the society is to provide an opportunity for students with a common interest to make friends and build networks while studying at UCD. Meanwhile, the group’s fundraising and generous donations of monies raised has grown significantly in recent years.

The combined donation made to 22q11 Ireland and Pieta House is the largest sum of money raised by AgSoc to date, as well as being the biggest cash donation made by a UCD student society to a charitable organisation in the 2017-18 academic year, furthermore marking this as a significant achievement. This achievement is a testament to the continued growth and strengthening of the Agricultural Science society within UCD.

AgSoc was first established at University College Dublin in 1923 and are to this date one of the most active student societies in the University, with 1,233 members registered for the 2017/2018 academic session. The Agricultural Science Society is one of 12 student societies that has over 1000 members (currently 82 active student societies on campus) and of the 'traditional' faculty-based societies, AgSoc has the fourth-largest membership of that sub-category. The society is run by a 25-strong student committee in a voluntary capacity with all monies raised donated to worthy causes.

According to AgSoc’s Auditor Peter Thomas Keaveney, a final year student of the BAgrSc Animal and Crop Production programme from Co. Galway, “It was a really enjoyable and truly rewarding experience. On behalf of the society I would like to say a huge thanks to anyone that contributed or supported us in any way including the students and our sponsors. I would also like to thank the committee members for all their hard work. Without all of their support none of this would have been possible. In addition, I would like to wish the incoming committee all the best for next year”.

22q11 Ireland was chosen as the main benefactor and received a donation of €50,000, the largest donation the charity has received to date. Pieta House received a donation of €10,000 to aid with their endeavours.