Raise & Give (RAG) Week Raises €23,500 for Trinity Charities

Posted on: 20 March 2015

Raise & Give (RAG) Week 2015 was the College’s most successful to date. Over €23,500 was raised in total, including a challenge grant of €10,000 matched funding provided by alumni donations.

The aim of RAG Week is to raise awareness and donations for several worthy College charities, in support of student education and engagement with society. The week was organised and run by the Students’ Union and Trinity Volunteering.

There are 11 partner charities based in Trinity. Combined they have hundreds of weekly volunteers helping Trinity students, children and families from disadvantaged communities, as well as special projects abroad. Funds raised from RAG Week are going towards the following College charities: Voluntary Tuition Programme (VTP), Trinity Vincent de Paul Society (VDP), Trinity Access Programmes (TAP), Student to Student (S2S), Student Hardship Fund, Suas, Medical Overseas Voluntary Elective (MOVE), Free Legal Aid Advice Centre (FLAC), Enactus, Cancer Society and Amnesty Society.

Speaking about the success of the week, Civic Engagement Officer Simone Cameron-Coen said: “Importantly, this year saw staff and the wider college community getting involved with students at various organised events.  On behalf of all charities and organisers of RAG Week, I would like to thank all staff, students and alumni who donated fundraised and supported the many events held during the week. Your support has made a big difference”.

The Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, President of the Students’ Union, Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, an alumnus and Trinity Foundation Board member, Fergal Naughton, speaking at the launch of RAG Week 2015 in the GMB, all highlighted the sense of community and civic engagement that this year’s RAG Week brought to the College with such a wide range of activities and input from staff, students and alumni.

At the launch of RAG Week 2015 were Students Union Ents Officer, Finn Murphy; Trinity Foundation Board member, Fergal Naughton; Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast; and Co-chairs of Trinity Volunteering, Sarah McAvinchey and Tara O'Broin

Highlights of the week included an official launch event in GMB by the Provost, a Trinitones Concert in the Chapel,  a giant staff-student Table Quiz in the Exam Hall, a Quidditch Tournament on College Park, the RAG ball, 3k Campus Run and Trinity Come Dancing.