Tuesday 12 December 2017

It's back! Irish 'Jailbreakers' get ready to beg, borrow and blag for charity travel stunt

Alessandra Stella (left) and Niamh Casey (right) will be taking part in the Jailbreak challenge
Alessandra Stella (left) and Niamh Casey (right) will be taking part in the Jailbreak challenge
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

More than 100 Irish university students are gearing up for the adventure of a lifetime - a jailbreak.

The Jailbreak requires participants will be leaving the same destination at the same time tomorrow morning, and they have 36 hours to travel as far as a distance as possible  - without spending a dime.

They are required to beg, borrow or blag their travel costs, regardless of the destination.

It's a charity based initiative and all funds raised are given to the students' designated charities.

Last year's inaugural Jailbreak challenge saw Trinity College students wound up in several corners of the globe and Chris de Burgh even paid for the flight home of two students from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

And this year's participants are hoping for a similar odyssey.

This year will have Trinity College once again take part, university College Cork, University College Dublin and National University of Ireland, Galway.

Speaking to Independent.ie, NUIG students Niamh Casey (20), from Co Clare and Alessandra Stella (22), an Erasmus student from Italy, said they have high hopes for this year's challenge.

"There's no plan as of yet, we're still fundraising. At this stage, we're hoping for anywhere outside of Mayo," she joked.

"We're still seeing if someone will pay for flights. We have money set aside, but we'd love to reserve as much as we can for charity."

The third-level students have chosen to raise funds for Amnesty Ireland, St Vincent de Paul and Draiocht, an NUI Galway based society.

They will be joining 24 other teams from their university, as well as dozens of others from around the country, tomorrow morning at 9am at Kilmainham Gaol and 'let loose for 36 hours'.

By 9pm on Sunday, they are required to be at their final destinations.

As for the nerves, Miss Casey said she' excited for what lies ahead.

"I'm a little bit nervous, but to be honest, I can't wait.

"My parents  originally said they didn't want me to participate, but when I explained it was for charity, they were happy . My mother did berate me though telling me to get return flights!

"Every one of us is collectively doing this exciting thing for charity, it makes you feel so much better," she added.

Niamh also said she has no idea what clothing t pack as she and teammate Alessandra don't know what climate they'll wind up in. "I have no idea what to pack," she explained. "I've got toothbrush,  deodorant and a European adaptor and I'm just hoping for the best!"

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