College students around the world are generally classed as a lazy bunch, but the sight of students from the Institute of Technology, Tralee, walking around Tralee today (Thursday) in a fundraising drive should shake that stereotype from many people's heads.
For the students of the ITT will be taking part in a 10km charity walk, to raise funds to provide facilities for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster.
According to Ken McMahon of the ITT Student Union, this is the fourth year that the college has taken part in the 10km walk to fundraise for Chernobyl.
"The 10km walk originally started when a lecturer in Dublin Institute of Technology and the head of the USI, Julian de Spain, decided to do something to raise money for the victims," he explained.
"All the colleges around Ireland have become involved and over the years the 10km event has grown from a walk into a number of different fund-raising events."
"Last year we raised around 15,000 Euro - this year we are looking to double that."
This year, those looking to donate funds are asked to use their mobile phones to pledge donations.
"The text donations are a national appeal and we have been advertising on TV3 to get people to chip in," Ken explained.
"All the people have to do is text the word GOOD DEED to the number 57071 and a 5 Euro donation will be added to their mobile phone bill, or taken off their call credit."
A number of students from the ITT, including Ken, traveled to Belarus last September to see first-hand the effects of the Chernobyl disaster.
"We have already sent over ambulances and the 10km effort has also funded an eye clinic in Belarus," he said.
"They will be funding a hospice for terminally ill children, foetal heart monitors and incubators for a maternity hospital, a day care center for mentally and physically disabled children, an orphanage development programme and many other humanitarian projects."
The walk starts in the South Campus at 11.40am this morning (Thursday) and moves up to the North Campus at 12 noon, before making a number of laps of Tralee town.