A STUDENT from the Institute of Technology, Tralee, has flown out to the stricken state of Belarus on Monday along with 21 other students from colleges all over Ireland as part of a trip for the charity, Students' 10K.
Jeremiah Kelliher, who comes from Killarney, took part in the recent Students' 10K walk for the children of Belarus and the trip will give him a chance to see where their money is being spent and to find out where best money can be spent in the future.
"This trip will be a real eye opener and a real challenge for me. I will be able to see what conditions are really like in Belarus. This year I want to raise as much money as I can for the 10K. In a previous year the students in IT Tralee raised the most money in Munster. I want to do this again," Jeremiah said in anticipation of the trip.
The Students' 10K charity was set up some years ago to raise funds for the people of the former Soviet state and to date has been very successful. Each year the charity stages a massive walk, and thousands of students from all over Ireland take part in it.
The organisation has raised over ¬1 million in the past four years. Money from this year's walk will go towards the building of a hospice in the Gomel region of Belarus and the provision of a three-house rehabilitation centre in the capital, Minsk.
The next charity walk will take place on Thursday, November 18.