‘100minds’ moves into Temple Street

Declan Egan, Founder of '100minds' meets little patients Beth and Julia in the hospital school room, along with Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation Denise Fitzgerald, to hand over the reins of '100minds'
Declan Egan, Founder of ‘100minds’ meets little patients Beth and Julia in the hospital school room, along with Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation Denise Fitzgerald, to hand over the reins of ‘100minds’

To learn more about this exciting fundraising project and to get involved, visit 100minds.org

Unique student initiative ‘100minds’ is set to become an annual fundraising event in aid of Temple Street.

100minds is a project that connects college students with young professionals to assist them in gaining project management experience through charitable fundraising. Over the past three years it has raised close to €1million for Irish children’s charities.

The hugely successful project challenges 100 of the country’s best and brightest undergraduates to raise €1000 each for Temple Street while also gaining valuable CV skills.

100minds was founded by Declan Egan in 2013 with the aim of raising €100,000 for Temple Street. The idea proved to be even more successful than hoped, raising a staggering €138,000 for the beloved children’s hospital.

Since then, 100minds has worked to support three more children’s charities – Barnardos Ireland, Blossom Ireland and ISPCC Childline – growing significantly in the process and generating €138,000 in year one, €247,000 in year two and a massive €570,000 in year three.

100minds will now return to its roots to become an annual fundraiser, helping to raise funds for vital equipment and patient supports in Temple Street.

This winter, students from universities across Dublin will be paired with a recent graduate in their sector, who will guide and mentor them as they aim to raise funds in imaginative and creative ways.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn from the experience and skills of their mentor, and build great career skills along the way.

Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation Denise Fitzgerald says, “We’re absolutely thrilled to be taking the reins of 100minds and can’t wait to see our participants’ unique and exciting ideas this year. We were blown away by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the students who raised an incredible €138,000 for us in 2013. The positive impact of their hard work has continued to ripple out through the wards of our special hospital since then.

She adds, “The funds raised by 100minds this year, and in the years ahead, will have a profoundly positive impact on our little patients and their families.”

Founder Declan Egan says, “It’s been an amazing experience setting up and building 100minds alongside the core founding team, mentors and students of the project. Together we’ve made a real positive impact and created a brand that stands for transparency and results. Over 800 students and 160 mentors have successfully taken part since 2013 and that’s no small feat. I can think of no better organisation to build on its success than Temple Street Children’s Hospital, who have first-hand experience of how it all works.”

He adds, “All future funds generated from the project will be put to incredible use in supporting the hospital, buying vital new equipment and providing patient supports. It’s going to a great home and I’m proud that its legacy will continue.”