By Fiona Lee
Students in the Masters’ of Human Resources and those in the Human Resources Stream of the Bachelor of Commerce programme hosted a virtual quiz on Thursday, February 11th, in aid of the charity Galway Simon.
The quiz gathered massive support from local businesses, with prizes sponsored by McCambridge’s, The Planet, Kash Beauty, Candy Stop, Next, The Yellow Mugs, and many more.
A total of 10 spot prizes were given out, and the top 15 of 85 quiz participants won prizes as well.
Many of the prizes were wellbeing-related, including gym memberships, fitness wear, healthy food, and well-needed treats.
A whopping total of €1,740 was raised between ticket sales and donations.
The students chose the theme ‘promoting well-being through a positive lifestyle’ and invited lifestyle, fashion and travel blogger, Louise Cooney, along as a special guest. She is an ambassador for Pieta House and shared her thoughts and experiences with mental health to kick off the event.
Galway Simon representatives also spoke about the charity. The charity was started by NUI Galway students in 1979, and they confessed that, unfortunately, their services have never been more vital amidst the long-term housing crisis.
Dr Deirdre Curran from the Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway said, “In these challenging times for students and young people, it is so refreshing to see them turn their attention to others in need.
“I could not be prouder of our excellent team of student representatives – Michelle Brogan, Donna Miskell, Emma Fitzpatrick, Dónal O Dálaigh, Niamh Hickey, and Shauna Moriarty – who have pooled their creative resources to put together this wonderful event.”
The quiz itself was run through Kahoot, an online trivia website, and included quick-fire rounds of general knowledge, Galway trivia, dingbats, and guessing the celebrity by their baby photos. The quiz MC and student volunteer co-ordinator at NUI Galway, Lorraine Tansey, brought great energy and entertainment to the quiz with her comedy and conversation throughout.
The SIN editorial team was well represented with Paddy Henry, our editor-in-chief, winning a 3-month gym membership, and our online editor, Fiona Lee, taking home a McCambridge’s hamper.