Festive fun at LIT raises thousands for charity

Owen Hickey

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Owen Hickey

LIT Students decked the halls with cakes and chocolates last week for a special Christmas market to raise funds for charity.

LIT Students decked the halls with cakes and chocolates last week for a special Christmas market to raise funds for charity.

Nearly €8,000 was raised for the Share a Dream Foundation, Cancer Research and Down Syndrome Ireland which were chosen as beneficiaries by students.

The market was organised by MarketLink Entrepreneur, a business programme for students at the college.

Now in its third year, this year’s Christmas Market was the biggest yet, with half of the 200 students involved coming from Limerick.

Over 20 teams of students were provided with €150 to fund each stall. With cakes, buns and chocolates in plentiful supply, customers were encouraged to treat themselves - all for a good cause of course.

“We’re selling buns-ies in our onesies!” was the cry from Mayo pair Keith Mcintyre and Andrew Daniels, who decided to don pyjamas for the occasion.

Caherdavin native Edel O’Brien and Cathy MacDonagh from Galway had a selection of tasty treats on offer, all in aid of the Share a Dream Foundation.

“We were up all night making them, the oven was going non-stop! I’d say we were up until 5.30am, it’s all great craic though and all for a great cause,” Ms O’Brien said.

Galway girl Lorna Hogan and her crew had tickets for Ryan Sheridan and the Coronas up for grabs - these were being raffled off later in the day.

As well as being a break from the books for students, the day provided them with some valuable experience on running their own business.

“There is no substitute for a good business idea”, said Head of Business at LIT, Donnacha McNamara.

“The MarketLink Entrepreneur Programme is a good example of getting young people to walk the walk instead of talking the talk. Putting theory and business ideas into practice will prove to be invaluable for these students as they look to progress their careers beyond third level education,” he added.

MarketLink Entrepreneur continues next year with an entrepreneur competition.