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Posted: 23 April 2008

UCD Science Students raise €32,000 for children’s charities

Over the past 21 years the UCD Science Day Committee has raised almost €1 million for children’s cancer research and treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. This year, to raise money for the charities UCD science students organised a range of activities throughout the year including the Science Ball, a cycle to Galway, a challenge to the world hugging record, and a parachute jump.

The money raised by UCD science students this year amounted to €32,000, the majority of which (€27,000) was donated to the cancer unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and the remainder (€5,000) was donated to Barretstown Camp where children with cancer and their families take part in a unique programme recognised by the medical world as playing an important role in their recovery from serious illness.

Pictured far right: UCD science students who raised
€32,000 for children’s charities

“The funds raised by the UCD science students will go towards our major research project into the genetics of childhood cancers,” says Tom Hickey from the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital. “We are confident that this programme will change the way that cancers are treated. The children and staff greatly appreciate all the support given by the UCD students.”

“UCD Science Day has been a great success this year and it is always particularly rewarding,” says 3rd Year Environmental Biology Student, Sarah Jane Gardner who is Chairperson of the UCD Science Day Committee. “Some of the committee members visited our Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital to see the work being carried out there and the difference that charitable donations make.”


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