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01st Dec 2017

These DCU students are raising money for charity instead of sleeping tonight

Rudi Kinsella


Sleep is overrated anyway…

Instead of sleeping, these members of DCU’s Media Production Society will be producing a live-streamed broadcast for 24 hours straight. This year’s broadcast will be for SOSAD – a suicide prevention and bereavement support charity.

Students commit to staying in DCU’s School of Communications building, the Henry Grattan, and will be creating 24 hours worth of content all in the name of a brilliant cause.

This year’s charity was suggested by committee member Carmel Kenny, who, like many others, has been directly affected by suicide.

“I lost my Dad to suicide when I was two years old and I’ve grown up without him in my life,” she said. “I’ve seen first hand how it affects everyone left behind. SOSAD is close to my heart because I want everyone to know that they have someone to talk too and can turn to in a time of need.”

Last year’s broadcast was in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust, a charity which attempts to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. The goal they set themselves was to raise €5,000, but they absolutely smashed all expectations and managed to raise over €15,300 through fundraising and donations on the night. Here’s hoping they can do the same this year.

If you want to tune in to see a group of sleep-deprived DCU students doing their best to put out quality content, you can watch it live from 9pm here and you can donate here.

You can also follow the antics throughout the night with the #DCUtv24.

Fair play to everyone involved, and if you hide under a desk to fall asleep for a few hours, we won’t tell anyone.