While the rest of the world follows the conventional methods of fundraising, Trinity students managed to blag their way around the globe and all in the name of charity.
22-year-old law student Sorcha McCauley came up with the idea of organizing this charity challenge Jailbreak to raise money for St Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Amnesty International.
The TCD Jailbreak challenge encouraged 68 students to travel away from the college, as far as possible within 36 hours and the best part was that they weren’t allowed to pay a single penny or use money of people they knew which means that all the 34 teams had to rely on blagging to achieve what they were aiming for.
Contenders gladly participated in the challenge that raised a record breaking amount for the law society. Trinity sFudents surprisingly managed to reach places as far as Sydney, Malaysia and Argentina.
The efforts put in by all of these 34 teams have totally gone viral. Lydia Rahill of the Trinity Law Society said, ‘We reached over 6000 facebook likes, we trended top in Dublin and Ireland with over 2000 twitter followers and reached the record high of 5,600 listeners on Trinity FM.’ Isn’t that huge?
Students of the winning team, Clare Cullen and Matthew Hainbach, managed to fly to Argentina within those 36 hours while many of the other teams ended up in the UK and Europe.
The response that the project received by everyone – the contestants, donators and travel companies- is incredible. The efforts put in by the students are just commendable. It reflects how passionate they were for the cause. They competed, travelled and fought (in a competitive manner of course) which is unlike any other fundraising event, where there’s not much fun involved.
What if someone say that you’ll get 36 hours to travel the world for free? How would you react? And to add more to it, you’ll be paid on return for travelling. This will of course build up more excitement. The TCD Jailbreak fundraising idea itself was pretty awesome and creatively designed. It was so engaging that it attracted students and everyone else in the project.
What do you think about the TCD Jailbreak Challenge? Let us know with your comments. And to check out videos of the challenges faced by the students, click here.