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Dublin Simon Community Care Package Appeal - Christmas 2018


In collaboration with Terenure Presentation Community College transition year students as part of their Localise volunteering programme, UCD in the Community held our annual care package appeal for the rough sleepers of Dublin Simon Community. The care package appeal ran at various collection points across the UCD campus from December 3-14. 

From the essential items we collected, we created care packages with the Transition Year students of Terenure Presentation Community College for the Dublin Simon rough sleepers of the north and south inner city, with the support of Dublin Simon's Rough Sleeper Team on December 19.

Essential items requested for the care packages included: toiletries, deodorant sets, toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, underwear, hairbrush/combs, small shampoo/shower gels, baby wipes, tissues, disposable razors, shaving gel, wallets, small radios with headphones, bags/backpacks, chocolates, hats/scarves/gloves, small torches, yoga mats, jumpers, hand sanitiser and perfume. Novelty Christmas items and treats were also accepted, and were given to the rough sleepers on Christmas Day.

We wish to extend our thanks to the following colleagues, schools and locations for allowing us to place a collection box in their respective locations:

  • UCD Student Advisers, in particular Aisling O' Grady, Nadia Clarkin, Colleen Doyle, Jacqueline Levine, Kieran Moloney, Niamh Nestor and Anna Scully
  • Jenny Doyle, UCD Access and Lifelong Learning
  • Nessa O' Shaughnessy, Registry
  • Oksana Osiniene, Sutherland School of Law
  • Programme Office, College of Engineering & Architecture
  • Sveltlana Malceva, Lochlann Quinn School of Business

In addition, we wish to extend a sincere thank you to the following colleagues, for all their help and support:

  • Aoife Byrne, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
  • Aoife Redmond, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
  • Alan Collins, It's Promotions
  • Arthur Kasprzak and Gull Sheikh, College of Science Welcome Centre
  • John J Kennedy and Patrick Orr, School of Earth Sciences
  • Margaret Dempsey, Central Transport Pool
  • UCD Community Choir

The UCD in the Community team wishes to extend it's sincere thanks to all UCD students and employees who contributed items to the appeal. Your generosity allowed us to create a record-breaking 270 care packages for the Dublin Simon rough sleepers.

You can watch all the excitement from the day in our video below.

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