Medicine students are out in force today as part of the annual Trinity Med Day. The aim of the initiative is to raise money for the Trinity Access Programme (TAP), as well as various underfunded hospital services in Ireland. Med Day has raised over €750,000 since its foundation in 2002.
Celebrating its 16th year, the money raised this year will go to the Sudden Cardiac Death (CRY Centre) in Tallaght Hospital, a portable ultrasound service, as well as 24 hour blood pressure monitors in St James’ Hospital, a musculoskeletal imaging system in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and TAP.
Last year, over €50,000 was raised and the organisers hope to surpass this figure in 2018. The day is organised by a committee of Medicine students. Speaking to Trinity News, Emily Feeney, a third year representative, said: “If you would like to support these wonderful causes, you can either follow the donation link through our website http://tcdmedday.wixsite.com/trinitymedday or text MED to 50300 to donate €2.”
The students have been raising money at other fundraising events throughout the week. This morning was an early start with collections beginning at 8am, with students easily spotted in bright orange jumpers.
To finish the day, the students will be heading to the Pav for the Medolympics and a charity auction, followed by a talent show in the Arts Building.