UCD AgSoc raises €60,000 for charity despite COVID-19 restrictions

Posted 14 September, 2020

The University’s Agricultural Science Society (AgSoc) has raised €60,000 for charity despite COVID-19 restrictions keeping its members off campus for much of the second semester.

Two cheques totalling €30,000 each were presented to representatives from St John’s Wards Crumlin Hospital and Teac Tom (The Thomas Hayes Trust) by members of the AgSoc Committee outside the UCD Agriculture and Food Science Centre.

Teac Tom is a counselling and support service based in the Midlands which helps people affected by suicide or are contemplating suicide.

St Johns Ward is the children’s cancer ward at Crumlin Hospital, which aims to save young lives through research and providing top priority care.

“I would like to thank everyone that supported AgSoc during the 2019/20 academic year and I hope [these] contribution makes a real difference to our nominated charities,” said Aoife Bergin, AgSoc Auditor and recent BAgrSc Animal and Crop Production graduate.

“It has being my absolute privilege to hold the position of AgSoc Auditor this year, to work alongside an amazing AgSoc Committee and to represent such a committed bunch of students who worked tirelessly to achieve our fundraising target of €60,000.”

First established in 1923, AgSoc is one of the largest societies at University College Dublin and has a long history of donating substantial sums to worthy causes.

Last year the society raised over €65,000 for good causes, and between 2017 and 2018 it donated €110,000 to charities.

This year the society was run by a 30-strong student committee working in a voluntary capacity.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations