Every year we select a charity to be our RAG (Raise and Give) partner for the year. Back in April, the Irish Cancer Society was nominated and voted in by Student Councillors to be TU Dublin SU’s RAG Charity for 2020/21.
The Irish Cancer Society is an amazing organisation that provides essential support to the 43,000 people and their families who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. In Ireland, almost 120 people receive a cancer diagnosis every day. The Irish Cancer Society provides a range of support to help them through it; including night nurse care, driver services to and from chemotherapy appointments, counselling services for those affected by cancer, a free phone information line and information booklets for those who need more information about cancer.
One in four deaths in Ireland are attributed to cancer, so we will all be affected in some way by cancer in our lifetime. A person dies from cancer every hour in Ireland and there are more than 170,000 people living with cancer right now.
The Irish Cancer Society has invested over €27 million into cancer research since 2010. For our part, over the course of the year, we will be running loads of events and fundraisers to raise as much money as we can for the charity, and hopefully break the fundraising record of €20,000 in one year.
We will also be launching the Fighting Cancer Championship in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society; challenging students to raise the most money for the charity over a six month period in order to win a grand prize. We will share more information about this in the coming weeks.
We would love to hear from students or staff within TU Dublin who have received support from the Irish Cancer Society At some stage in their life
You can visit the Irish Cancer Society at their website cancer.ie.
All photos courtesy of the Irish Cancer Society.