The students of Tralee's Institute of Technology have been a busy bunch lately, endeavouring to raise money to purchase an ambulance in aid of the Chernobyl Children's Project. A gang of two hundred students decked out in their walking gear two weeks ago and took to the streets of Tralee to collect money for the charity.
According to Catriona Ryan who is the Student Union President, the support for the walk was absolutely tremendous and they have collected almost £12,000. "We issued about 1,000 sponsor cards and the students put in a fantastic effort in collecting the funds. The walk was part of a national campaign run in conjunction with the Union of Students of Ireland and we are proud to say that our college raised one of the highest amounts of money in the country.
"University College Cork and Galway Institute of Technology raised the highest amount, and we had the third highest amount. Considering that we only have about 2,500 students, that was a great achievement for us," admitted Catriona. The money will now be forwarded to the Chernobyl Children's Project and that group will arrange for the purchase of the ambulance.
The ambulance will be stocked with medical supplies before it is sent out to Chernobyl. The students of the ITT have had a busy term and are now settled into their second home at Dromtacker. "There were a few teething problems at Dromtacker in the beginning, but all those problems have been ironed out now. It is a fantastic facility and we are settling in there," said Catriona.
With yet another term behind them, the students will undoubtedly welcome the Christmas break. "It has been a hectic few months. There will be a special night in The Grand Hotel for the different clubs and societies, which we have in the college. We have many societies including photography, film and society, drama and music, just to name a few, We will our big Christmas party on December 13 at Horans," said Catriona.