Trinity Sport challenge raises over €8,100 for healthcare equipment

The donations will be split evenly between St. James’ Hospital Foundation and St. Vincent’s Foundation to purchase mobile workstations and PPE

Trinity Sport’s “Frontline Heroes” challenge has raised over €8,100 for frontline workers, with over 165 participants taking part in the challenge.

Participants ran a collective distance of over 1,940km, which was completed in one day on July 18.

Proceeds from the event are to be split evenly between St. James’ Hospital Foundation, Tallaght University Hospital Foundation and St. Vincent’s Foundation. 

Participants came from all over the world, including Ireland, Sydney, Dubai, USA, Germany, London and Singapore.

All the proceeds raised are to go towards purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and hospital mobile workstations to reduce the rate of infection among healthcare workers and a healing garden that is currently being planned for St. James’ Hospital. 

Kelly Crowley, the Head of Development at Tallaght University Hospital Foundation, stated: “As we look in awe at the hospital staff working so tirelessly, we are incredibly thankful to Trinity Sport, Positive Success Group and the wider Trinity College Dublin community for raising vital funds for our healthcare workers at a time of great pressure.”

“You have added a layer of protection through raising vital funds for mobile workstations and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which will help our healthcare workers to do their jobs with far less stress and worry,” she continued. “For that we are incredibly grateful.”

The virtual challenge was “driven by” College’s student body, with the Trinity College Dublin Students Union (TCDSU) team completing over 100km on the day. 

Trinity Sport clubs also entered teams, including fencing, ultimate frisbee, trampolining, hockey and athletics. 

Trinity’s Head of Sport and Recreation Michelle Tanner, said: “The team at Trinity Sport would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who took part, donated and supported the Trinity Sport Frontline Heroes Challenge especially the official sponsor, Positive Success Group and the wider Trinity College Dublin community.”

Tanner added: “The Frontline Heroes Challenge was the first virtual event organised by Trinity Sport, we were delighted with the participation, engagement and the funds raised for our charity partners. We are looking forward to organising and hosting more virtual events soon.”

Trinity Fencing entered four different teams to the Frontline Heroes virtual challenge and raised a total of €620 for the challenge.

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the Editor-in-Chief of the 69th volume Trinity News, and a Senior Sophister student of English Literature and Philosophy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.