WIT Students’ Union Present €14,260 to RAG Week Charities


WIT Students’ Union were thrilled to present a cheque of €14,260 today to the three chosen Raise And Give charities of 2018/19; Pieta House South East, Deise Animal Sanctuary, Make A Wish Ireland, and the student nominated projects of the Nursing Building/Art & Design Graduate Show.

Each charity provides a very different service, and we are delighted to see both local and national charities receiving a portion of the raised funds.
Thank you to everyone who donated, from students, staff and everyone from outside of the WIT community also.

Marie Sheedy, WIT Students’ Union President said “It’s great to be able to present to these worthy charities and we really appreciate all of the hard work that goes into fundraising each year. Both student nominated projects were able to be funded by the raised funds this year, these were; items for the nursing building to improve facilities for students along with funding the majority of the Art and Design Graduate Show.”

Órla Hayes of Deise Animal Sanctuary said “The generous money raised by WIT students will go towards building a new Avery for birds of prey that can’t be re-released into the wild because they were rescued as chicks and face danger outside the sanctuary. We want to make their habitat a lot bigger then it is and give them a spacious home. Whatever is left over will go into general maintenance i.e feeding, vet bills etc. Again, we re-iterate that anyone who wants to visit the Sanctuary to see where funds raised through fundraising go, please do anytime! We’d also like to extend out thanks to WITSU and all the WIT students for their fundraising. It will go a long way to continue our mission of helping the most vulnerable animals in need.”

Olive Ruane Fundraising Executive Pieta House Waterford said “For Pieta House it costs approximately €1,000 to bring one person through our service. We are extremely grateful for all the fundraising from the Waterford Institute of Technology Students Union and the generous donation of €3,565. The funds received will go a long way to help us provide our nationwide services which are free of charge and freely available therapeutic services to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm”

Mary Murphy fundraising officer “Since arriving to Ireland in 1992, Make A Wish have granted more than 2,40 wishes for brave children battling life threatening illneses.We receive no government funding and rely entirely on supporters like Waterford Institute of Technology Students’ Union to strive towards our vision of granting a wish to every eligible child in Ireland. “

To find out more about this years chosen charities, check out the links below:




Nominations for charities opened back in July and were voted on in Class Rep Council in October to choose the winning three charities and the winning college project, and nominations for 2019-2020 R.A.G. Charities will be open very soon. To find out more on how you to nominate a charity, please email president@witsu.ie

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