October 2015 | Deireadh Fómhair 2015

UCD MedDay - 16th October 2015

Thu, 15 October 15 16:31

On October 16th, 500 UCD medical students will hit the streets of Dublin bucket-shaking to raise much needed funds for six chosen charities. This year, UCD MedDay is supporting DEBRA Ireland, Helium Arts, Laura Lynn, St. Vincent's Foundation, the Mater Foundation and the Berkeley Fund - In Aid of Injured Victims, 100% of all the money raised will be going to the chosen beneficiaries.

Collectors will be out in the morning from 7.00a.m in their white UCD Med Day t-shirts, spread across various locations throughout Dublin. Collectors will be working hard throughout the morning following up with an additional afternoon collection in Dublin City Centre after a short breakfast. This year, charities have kindly donated stickers and rub on tattoos of their logos to help promote awareness and gain much needed publicity for their respective causes.

UCD MedSoc is calling on people to please donate what they can to these truly worthwhile causes. All of our charities this year aim to improve quality of life which means that every donation, no matter how small,  makes a huge difference to so many people's lives.

Cheryl Gunning, DEBRA Ireland, said: 

The support we receive from fundraising events like the UCD Med Day is vital for us to continue to provide our services.  As we receive no guaranteed state funding we are heavily reliant on fundraising events such as this.  Not only will this event raise much needed funds but the awareness it will create for our rare disease will be phenomenal.  It means so much to our patients to be chosen by UCD Med Soc for their Med Day this year – we are thrilled to be part of the event and are so grateful to the committee for choosing us and to all the students who will be going out on the 16th October to shake buckets and raise money for our patients and families.  Thank you again.

Anna McCarthy, Helium Arts, said:

UCD Medical Society's support of Helium Arts through the hugely successful Med Day event means that not only do we receive much needed funding, helping us to bring the joys of creativity to more children whose lives are affected by illness, but the profile of our work has been raised, promoting it to a wider audience, both within UCD and to the general public..thank you UCD Medical Society! 

Elizabeth Smyth, Laura Lynn, said:

LauraLynn Children’s Hospice will cost €2.9m this year, just to keep our doors open and our teams on the road. We receive no direct government funding for our hospice services, so events like the UCD Medical Society Collection Day is very important to us and means the world.  Our heartfelt thanks to all the UCD Medical students for choosing LauraLynn for this year’s bucket collection day.  Your support will allow us care for even more children and their families to make every moment count.


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Email: medical.society@ucd.ie