The Students' Union has been commended on the success of their 2010 Charity Week as they commence preparations for a week of fundraising during Charity Week 2011 which will take place on the University of Limerick campus from 28th February to 3rd of March. The University of Limerick as well as members of An Garda Síochána and Limerick County Council have worked together in supporting the Students' Union in focusing the emphasis of Charity Week on worthy fundraising activities and working towards ensuring good relations with the local community during the week of activities.
The Students' Union, which is hoping to exceed the amount of €10,000 raised by Charity Week in 2010, has introduced a wide range of new non-alcohol events and sporting competitions to encourage students to support the causes which Charity Week is promoting. The beneficiaries of the week's events include; The First Tee, Console, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation.. Speaking about Charity Week, Students' Union President Ruan Dillon McLoughlin said "Each day of the week will be dedicated to one of the charities we are supporting and that charity and their work will be highlighted at all activities that will take place that day to keep the fundraising message at the forefront for students. We will also be continuing with our Student Patrols this year involving students patrolling the housing estates surrounding the campus to ensure noise levels are acceptable and to help to defuse any problems that may arise."
University of Limerick President, Professor Don Barry has applauded the fundraising goals the Students' Union has set for Charity Week and the focus on activities that raise much-needed funds for charity. "We have a very fine body of active and energetic students at the University of Limerick and we wish them well in putting their energies towards fundraising for very deserving causes during Charity Week."
"An Garda Síochána are working closely with the student representative and local residents to ensure that this years event is successful. We are particularly pleased that this year will see the continuation of last year's initiative whereby student liaison officers will work very closely with students and residents. The Meitheal na Mac Léinn (Student Patrols) initiative which was commenced in 2010 was a great help to the Garda and the Garda reserve last year during Charity Week and we would hope that it will work as well this year.," said Superintendent O'Brien, Henry St. Garda Station.
Caption: Students Union Set the Focus for Charity Week 2011, pictured from left: Garda Seamus O'Neill, Castletroy Community Garda, Triona Collins, Annacotty Area Office of Limerick County Council, Vivion Grisewood, Campaigns Officer, UL Students Union, Professor Paul McCutcheon, Vice President Academic & Registrar, Derek Daly, Welfare Officer, UL Student Union.