‘100minds’ – the unique student fundraising initiative – has raised over €140,000 for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. In just 100 days, over 100 third-level students sailed past their €100,000 target to raise a phenomenal €140,552.
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.
Participating students from all across Dublin and beyond took on the challenge and created a huge variety of fundraising events and activities – from sponsored bag-packs and art exhibitions to live gigs, swimming and cycle challenges and much more besides.
Each student was paired with a recent graduate in their sector, who guided and mentored them as they turned their fundraising ideas into reality.
Since 2013, 100minds has been connecting college students with young professionals to assist them in gaining project management experience through charitable fundraising. Over that time, it has raised more than €1million for Irish children’s charities, including €138,000 for Temple Street in its inaugural year.
In 2016, 100minds returned to Temple Street, where it is now an annual campaign for the beloved children’s hospital; raising funds for vital equipment and patient supports.
Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation says, “We are incredibly proud of our 100minds participants – who took on their fundraising challenges with enthusiasm, energy and creativity. This year’s participants raised over €140,000, surpassing their target by a phenomenal €40,000. The funds they have raised will go a long way to making our planned satellite classroom for St. Gabriel’s Ward a reality – so we can ensure children who are bedbound don’t fall behind, and can keep up with their friends in school.”
She adds, “This new classroom will allow some of the sickest children in Temple Street, many of whom are recovering from serious neurosurgery, to continue their schooling in a specialised classroom right beside the ward. This classroom will be tailored to the patients’ needs and will allow them to learn, recover and grow their confidence.”