My name is Conor O'Flynn and I am a Cork man currently studying Economics at University College Dublin.
100minds is a student run program working in tandem with Temple Street Children's hospital, where 100 students from across the country are chosen to come together with a simple goal; raise €1000 euro each for Temple Street, a total of €100,000 collectively between us all. This volunteer, non-profit organisation brings together some of the most stellar students in Ireland - which I'm delighted and honoured to be a part of this year - and challenges us to plan, organise and execute creative events and methods of fundraising. Every cent goes to the Hospital, where the funds raised are used to support the children in their care. This year, the money will be spent to build an entire new classroom for St. Gabriel's Ward. I'd like to tell you why such a classroom would have such a positive impact on the lives of these children.
St. Gabriel's Ward specialises in children patients who require round-the-clock-care. These children are cut off from the two things a child so badly needs: education and structure. Building this classroom serves both these needs, providing a safe place where the children can learn and grow while having all their medical needs attended to as they recover from their surgeries. The particular needs of the child - varying from patient to patient - are accounted for by their teachers and doctors, something impossible to do outside a hospital built and run classroom. The beneficial impact this can have on the recovery of the child cannot be overstated and with your help, I'd love to see this classroom built.
Along with trying to generate continuous donations, I hope to organize a number of different events over the coming months to raise as much money as I can for this excellent cause, but without your help none of this will be possible. Even the smallest of donations will help move the progression bar you can spot at the top of the page and will be another step in reaching the tally of €1,000 that each individual student is looking to achieve.