Thursday 13 December 2018

DCU students aim to raise thousands for charity by broadcasting for 24 hours

DCU (stock image)
DCU (stock image)

Gabija Gataveckaite

A DCU society will aim to raise €6,000 for charity by putting on a broadcast for 24 hours next weekend. 

The Media Production Society (MPS) will stay up all night from November 30th to December 1st and livestream its seventh annual 24 hour long broadcast, filled with live and pre-recorded shows. 

This year, all proceeds will go to Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a charity which supports families with children who are diagnosed with cancer.

“When I was a child, my father told me that he had lost his older brother to cancer at just 10 years old,” explained society member Cathal O’Rourke.

“Due to his family's financial situation, they were unable to support the costs of his treatment and he died not too long after his diagnosis. No family should be left in a position in which they cannot help treat their child's disease. Aoibheann's Pink Tie provides financial relief to families in this situation and I'm over the moon that we'll be supporting them this year,” he added. 

In a promotional video for the broadcast, MPS members read letters from family members who were affected by children’s cancer. 

“Each year in Ireland, over 200 children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer. Every month, families of cancer patients spend over €300 medical costs alone,” one letter read. 

“Families make their children’s health the number one priority and don’t have time to worry about travel expenses or where they’re going to stay during this difficult time. Aoibheann’s Pink Tie takes care of these things for them,” the letter added.

The broadcast sees 150 students gather in the Henry Grattan building on campus and utilise studio equipment to put the show on the road.

Viewers are then encouraged to donate online as the broadcast airs. 

“We have exciting new shows this year as well as multiple rounds of backstage content competitions to keep everyone active and awake throughout the night,” explained the Chair of the society, Hannah Gallagher added.

Last year, the society raised over €10,000 for SOSAD, a charity which aims to prevent suicide and improve the lives of those affected by suicide, all in the space of 24 hours. 

“Some of the highlights from the broadcast are definitely reaching milestones on the night, everyone runs into studio and celebrates together,” she added.

Previous years have seen members of the society being tattooed and waxed live on air to encourage donations. 

“It's an emotional occasion, you're having fun doing what you love while helping raise money for an amazing charity. Tattoos have been done the last two years on air for our broadcast and who knows may happen again this year,” added Ms Gallagher. 

The broadcast will kick off on November 30th at 9pm and can be streamed online at dcu-mps.com.

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