Trinity Med Day Students were joined by Jamie Heaslip, Leinster and Irish International to launch the well known and loved college charity fundraising day which takes place throughout Dublin on Friday 7th November, 2008. Trinity College medical students are appealing to the general public to support their fundraising efforts to collect monies for two well deserving Irish causes: The Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons, AMNCH Tallaght and the Acute Stroke Services, St James's Hospital. They are also keeping up their annual tradition of supporting the Trinity Access Programme.
Inflatable bungee running, gladiator jousting, sumo wrestling, MED DAY Dunk Tank, all to the tune of Dublin's 98 Thunderbus, are just some of the hair raising campus capers taking place on Med Day. The committee is delighted to have Jamie Heaslip, current Leinster and International rugby player, and former Trinity player, on board as this year's patron. 'We are really looking forward to an action packed day', says Med Day Chairperson Danielle McCollum, 'one that brings the entire medical student body together in order to help our teaching hospitals.'
This years funds will help equip The Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons AMNCH Tallaght. This is a cause close to the students' hearts, due to the sudden passing of their close friend and classmate, Eamon O'Coinne, at the end of their first year. Michael Greene, Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons spoke about the importance of Trinity Med Day support 'Every year over 50 'apparently' fit and healthy young people die in Ireland from undiagnosed heart conditions. The support provided to The National Screening Centre by Trinity Med Day Students will help raise awareness about sudden cardiac death in young people and also contribute towards families and individuals receiving evaluation without financial cost at the National Screening and Counselling Service, Tallaght Hospital'.
If you would like to support Trinity Med Day 2008 please log on to to make an online donation or keep an eye out for the students in their orange Med Day t-shirts as they take to the streets on Friday 7th November 2008.