Over €4,000 has been raised so far by a group of students holding an online fundraiser for two charities.

If there is anything that this year has shown this country about young people, it’s that they are adaptable.

As proof, many students have successfully upkept their studies and, along with that, a number of Dundalk Institute of Technology’s (DkIT’s) students have adapted their charity raffle fundraiser to be facilitated on an online platform this year, despite the Covid-19 restrictions.

Having created the fundraiser on November 2, the college’s Agricultural Society has already raised over €4,000 in donations, in aid of Pieta House and the North Louth Hospice and Homecare Foundation.

The society is collecting donations through a GoFundMe page and there are a number of prizes up for grabs – which have been sponsored by a number of local and national businesses – on December 15, when the raffle will take place.

Catherine Smyth, chairperson of the society, told AgriLand that the goal is to raise €5,000 before the raffle, which they hope to stream live on social media.

The two charities were chosen as we have seen the effects of Covid-19 on those around us and both of these are doing so much work to help those in need. This year’s fundraiser is different to others and it has been a bit harder to raise money.

“We know that with the technology some people may not be as good as others. We’re hoping to get out to the marts if it’s possible to raise some more in the next while.”

On its social media, the society has thanked those who have donated prizes and purchased raffle tickets, acknowledging that “this year has been a difficult one for everyone and especially for businesses which have been hit hard due to closures”.

Young farmers ‘invest more than €186 million in their farms’

In other news, young farmers have invested more than €186 million in their farms in real terms over the past five years, based on figures relating to the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS), according to Macra na Feirme.

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In figures provided to the young farmers’ organisation by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, more than €112 million in grant aid was provided under the TAMS II Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme, the majority of these provided at 60% grant aid.

This demonstrates the level of investment by young farmers on their farms since 2015, the association says.