In its inaugural year, more than 30 UCD students have been selected to take part in the 100minds campaign. The project, which aims to impact on the lives of 130,000 children who pass through Temple Street each year, will help improve hospital infrastructure, patient quality of life, and family support systems through charitable fundraising.
The students taking part in the campaign will be required to raise €1,000 in donations that will lead to a collective contribution of €100,000 to aid sick children in Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Students who have been accepted to the programme are partnered with a representative from one of the many companies endorsing the project in order to receive fundraising advice as well as career guidance.
Among the many companies that are onboard this year are KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft, Ernst and Young, Deloitte, Accenture, Web Summit, Leinster Rugby, and St Vincent’s Hospital.
Andrew Lynch, a second year Commerce student, is one of UCD’s many successful applicants this year. The project is “a unique and fantastic opportunity for ambitious students to collaborate with like-minded people,” says Lynch. “They can build their professional profile and ultimately their potential for employment. 100minds allows students to achieve this while providing significant financial and moral support to the chosen charity.”
The founder of the project, Declan Egan, says that the idea originated during his final year studying Commerce in UCD. Now an account manager for Google UK, Egan hopes to run the project every year, focusing on a different challenge or social issue.
The beginning phase of the project saw the students meeting with their partner organisation to discuss where the funds raised should be allocated. In agreement with Temple Street, the students plan to allocate the €100,000 towards machines and equipment (€60,000), Every Child Deserves A Childhood recreational facilities (€27,000) and family support systems (€13,000).
Each students has been supplied with a personal profile page in order to track their fundraising. All donations made by members of the public can be lodged on this page meaning that all money raised is completely transparent, one of the aims of Egan when establishing the project.
The 100 students will now be challenged to develop and utilise their entrepreneurial skills in order to organise charity events that will help them meet their €1,000 target by February 2014, with all donations going directly to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
For more information on the 100minds project, you can visit their website at 100minds.org