My name is Conor Bolger. I am a second year economics and psychology student in Trinity College. I have a strong belief in social entrepreneurship as a method of solving problems in our society - especially where students are involved and motivated to improve the lives of others. The 100Minds project has really impressed me and I joined this year on the back of friends participating last year, achieving amazing results. The huge amount of money raised had such an incredibly positive impact on the lives of so many children in Temple Street Children's' Hospital and I really wanted to participate this year to support two fantastic children's charities in Baranardos and Blossom Ireland. Hopefully, I will be able to hit the €1000 target and I look forward to keeping you updated on my progress.
I am delighted to say that as a result of the Valentine's Masquerade Ball that I co-organised with Sinéad McCool, I have reached my fundraising target. I was getting very worried coming into late January knowing that I still had the very daunting task of raising €1000 so I contacted Sinéad to brainstorm ideas. We knew that Valentine's marked the best opportunity to organise an event and we eventually came up with the Valentine's Ball idea.
Our priority was to make it inexpensive but great fun. We booked Lafayettes as the venue as it's perfect for both DCU and Trinity students alike. We organised a DJ, photographer, pizza, raffle prizes as well as tonnes of decorations. We sold just under 130 tickets including those who turned up on the night, which was a perfect number for the upstairs room .
Unfortunately the DJ, who we originally booked for the night, pulled out the day before the event which resulted in a bit of last minute panicking! Thankfully I found a friend who could help out so all was good.
I'm really appreciative of all my friends who came and supported the charities. It's an honour to be part of the 100Minds initiative and to be able to contribute to Barnardos and Blossom Ireland. It's fantastic to see such a huge amount of money being raised for such a great cause.