Hi! My name’s Ciara and welcome to my 100minds profile!
A bit about me…
I am a fourth year medical student in UCD, and when I had the opportunity to become involved in 100minds this year I jumped at the chance. I have been passionate about volunteering with children’s projects and fundraising for many years now, so I was thrilled to be accepted to participate in 100minds.
So what is 100minds you ask?
100minds is a not for profit organisation set up to enable and support college students in raising valuable funds for charity, while also helping them to develop their skill set . It’s a unique win-win situation. By participating in 100minds this year, I hope to benefit by learning new skills that will help me in my postgraduate working life, while, most importantly, the charities I raise funds for will benefit by receiving each and every donation, which will go towards enabling them to continue the amazing work that they do.
This year, 100minds aims to raise €150,000 for two Irish children’s charities: Barnardos, and Blossom Ireland. I, along with almost 150 other students across Ireland, will attempt to each raise a minimum of €1000 to meet this target. By being part of the 100minds team, the money I raise can have such an impact of the lives of so many of Ireland’s most vulnerable children.
A bit about the charities…
Barnardos is Ireland’s largest independent children’s charity, and aims to support vulnerable children and their families, by providing services to help. The charity works with children in disadvantaged communities and aims to support each child’s emotional well-being and development, along with their learning. The charity works on a needs-based, outcomes-led approach and strives to ensure that despite disadvantage, every child in this country can look forward to a bright future, by managing life’s challenges and benefiting from all opportunities.
Blossom Ireland was established in May 2010, by two mothers who felt their children with intellectual disabilities, were missing out on opportunities because they couldn’t engage with the public services unsuitable for their needs. They decided to set up dedicated camps during school holidays for their kids, and other children with similar disabilities to help them to maximise and reach their full potential. The camps are run by professionals, so parents can be safe in the knowledge their kids are receiving excellent care, while also having lots of fun!
So how does it work?
Raise €1000 in just under 4 months? Let the hard work begin!
My task is to organise events over the next 4 months that will fundraise enough money for my target. You can help by attending and donating! I’ll be posting up my progress on this profile page over the next few weeks to keep my adoring audience (that’s you!) updated on how my plans are going. Stay tuned!
You can also donate online, right now, here on my profile page, by clicking on the right “DONATE NOW” button on the top right side of this page. Donating online is key to the 100minds philosophy of transparency. As a donor, you should be confident that your money will be used appropriately, and reach the people who need it most. The money you donate in the online transaction moves straight from your hands into the bank account of the chosen charity. 100minds never touches the money, so you can be guaranteed that I, or anybody else in the organisation, won’t touch your donation. Every cent that we raise will be given straight to Barnardos and Blossom to use for their projects and support services.
Please consider giving whatever you can to support. Even the smallest amount makes a difference (I will be forever grateful!), and will help us on our way to our €150,000 target!
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to stop by soon to check my progress,
Last Year's Impact & 100minds 2015 Kickoff!
Posted: almost 6 years ago
Last year 100minds raised €138,000 for Temple Street Children's Hospital, which had a huge impact on the patients, parents and staff. Just to demonstrate the effects of last year's success, have a look at how donations last year were used to make a difference. Hopefully we can be just as successful this time around!
Last year's participants did so well! We've got big boots to fill this year, and am feeling just slightly nervous as 100minds kicks off this year!
Last Tuesday, October 25th, this year's fundraising period officially started with an event in CAI House in Dublin. All of the students participating attended along with their mentors, and were treated to a night of introductions, talks and speeches.
Beginning with the founder of 100minds Declan Egan, giving us all a big welcome, we were also treated to rousing talks from Fergus Finlay of Barnardos and Orla Crowe of Blossom Ireland. Hearing them speak really drove home the importance of raising money for these two deserving charities and made me even more enthusiastic to start!
The lovely people at 100minds also made a video so you can see a little bit of what went on. Check it out here on their Facebook page (and don't forget to give it a like to show your support!)
Needless to say hearing the experiences of some of last year's participants made me anxious of the huge challenge ahead of me, knowing that the effort I put in will translate to real difference in the lives of many motivates me to organise a great event which will raise as much as possible for Barnardos and Blossom Ireland.
Currently brainstorming like crazy to come up with an idea for an event, but I will update you all soon! Don't forget that in the meantime, you can donate on my online profile page to support the cause and that 100% of that donation goes directly to both charities!