This weekend, 166 third level students will take part in the iconic Jailbreak race. The competition starts at 9am on Saturday, 11th of March from Collins Barracks Dublin.
If you haven't heard of Jailbreak before, here's how it works:
In teams of two, students have 36 hours to travel to a mystery location somewhere in the world without spending any of their own money. Throughout the competition, the students are given a series of clues which guide them toward a particular location. It’s only upon arriving at this illusive Location X that the students will be informed of the competition’s final finishing point. They must then make their way to a second destination, where the first team to arrive will be declared the Jailbreak champions for 2017.
Jailbreak is Ireland’s largest student-run charity challenge. All funds raised are split equally between Amnesty International Ireland and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Originating in Trinity College, Jailbreak has now expanded to 10 third level institutions. Over the past five years, it has raised €165000 for the two partner charities. This year, the students have set an ambitious target to raise €50,000. The An Cumann Gaelach student society are also seeking to increase the focus on on Irish culture and language as an integral part of the students experience representing Ireland abroad.
Last year's winners
The participating colleges are: Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College.
Jailbreak raises much needed funds for Amnesty International Ireland and the society of St Vincent de Paul in a number of ways:
• Each team must raise €400 to participate.
• A text donation service is available throughout the weekend and in the weeks following the race. Text JAILBREAK to 50300 to donate €4. (Across most network operators, 100% of all text donations goes to Amnesty International Ireland and St Vincent de Paul. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.26 will go to Amnesty International Ireland and St Vincent de Paul. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278.)
• Donations can be made through www.jailbreakrace.com
• Teams also bring collection buckets on their journeys & a number of fundraising events will be held in the various colleges over the weekend
Want to get involved in one of the coolest fundraising events ever? Here's how you can help!