STUDENTS at NUI Maynooth said they will work at charity and community initiatives this week.
The raising of money for a suicide prevention and awareness group and the cleaning up of streets in the town are taking place at the same time as what has been known as “rag week” usually takes place.
On 1 March, Maynooth Students’ Union launched their “Give a Little, Do a Lot” campaign.
A presentation was given by this year’s charity, Save Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD), a national organisation that aims to raise awareness about suicide as well as supporting those affected by suicide.
Coupled with this, 525 balloons were released on campus to commemorate the lives of the 525 Irish people who lost their live to suicide in 2011, including 23 in Kildare.
Starting yesterday, 4 March, a week long campaign to tidy the town of Maynooth from 8am-10am daily.
Both university staff and students are teaming up each morning to give something back to the town.
As part of the “Give a little, Do a Lot” the Students’ Union, chose Save Our Sons and Daughters, which is a national organisation that aims to raise awareness about suicide as well as supporting those affected by suicide.
Referring to the bad press students sometimes get from a small minority during Rag Week, SU Vice President Lorna Deegan said the majority of our students are proud of being part of the wider Maynooth community and want to give something back. Ms. Deegan said they hope to raise in excess of €20,000 for SOSAD. “Maynooth has been sadly affected by suicide and we hope that these funds can go some way to help prevent these situations in the future as well as supporting those affected by suicide,”
Seamus Reynolds, SU President, said students will also be helping to clear up litter from the town of Maynooth every morning from Monday, 4 March until Friday, 8 March which is only one example of the type of initiative that we aim to carry out this year.”
Kevin O’Leary of Supermacs said that staff of the business will be involved in the clean up campaign, in assocaition with the Tidy Town Association.