More than €140,000 has been raised by students from across Ireland taking part in the 100Minds fundraising campaign to build a new classroom at Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Tallaght native Katie Fitzgerald was selected from thousands of applicants to take part in the social enterprise project which challenges 100 students to raise €1,000 each for the cause – aiming to collect €100,000 to make a difference in the lives of sick children.
Katie was one of the many students to exceed expectations by raising a grand total of €3,055 to help build the classroom for those attending Temple Street, which will allow them to continue their education while being treated in hospital.
She said: “The best part of 100Minds is the impact that it has – knowing that this time next year I can go to Temple Street, put my hand on the wall of the new satellite classroom and think ‘I helped build this!’.
It’s not every day you are given the opportunity to make an impact like the one we have all made with 100Minds this year. It’s just such an amazing feeling!”
The final total raised by the students in 2017, the fourth year of the project, was €140,921 – the largest average total per student since 100Minds began in 2013.
Kingswood resident Katie said: “We were the smallest but most powerful group to do 100Minds, as our individual average was the largest. In my team of five we raised €14,823 by running Women in Business conferences, hosting pub quizzes and even doing a Kris Kindle event in our neighbourhood.”
Students from campuses across Ireland – including DIT, UCD, University of Limerick, DCU and NUI Galway – took part in the event and were paired with mentors from businesses around the country in an effort to raise the vital funds to build the educational facility.
Temple Street Children’s Hospital was thrilled with the total raised by students and praised their hard work and dedication to the task.
— Temple Street (@Temple_Street) March 3, 2017
Feeling so happy, with my final figure for the deadline €2629! Thank you to everyone who helped out in some way 🏩😄🎉 pic.twitter.com/sWAlv3WFp4
— Katie Fitzgerald (@Katie100minds) March 1, 2017
Katie added: “I’d encourage people to take part in fundraising because, despite all the stress and tiredness, it’s actually great fun. Especially if you have a great team around you, like I did for my bag pack. I’m going to take away lots of great memories from that weekend and from the whole 100Minds experience.”
For more information about the project or to see a full breakdown of how much each student and mentor raised visit www.100minds.org.