The 2017 DCUfm Intervarsity Broadcast in aid of Barretstown was a sound success after nearly tripling last year’s donation figure.
Six colleges turned up to the DCUfm studio in The Hub on March 23 and produced content for 12 hours in the aim of fundraising for a set target of €500 for the camp who help bring fun to children with serious illnesses.
However, it was confirmed last week that the final total smashed the initial goal, tallying up to €711.44.
DCUfm Station Manager Simon Doyle said himself and Deputy Station Manager Jaz Keane were chuffed with the result and called it a huge success.
He said, ”Myself and Jaz are proud because we more or less tripled what we got last year and that was virtually down to increasing the amount of hours, increasing the amount of colleges involved, making sure our PR and social media were steady on the day in order to raise awareness for it.”
This was the second year DCUfm decided to raise money for the chosen recipients and although Doyle said it wouldn’t have been a wrong move to support another worthy body, seeing first hand the good work Barretstown do inspired him and his team to keep the relationship going.
He said, “From working on last year’s broadcast, I know the good work that Barretstown do for children with serious illnesses and the team thought it would be a good idea to try and send as many children as we could to their campus.
“That was always the drive to support, because we were so supportive of that charity, we felt it was a good idea to continue with them.”
Calling it his “best day ever” as Station Manager, Doyle said he was enlightened to see top-of-the-range radio production standards which isn’t always associated with student radio and felt on the day his organising team personified what DCUfm is all about.
“I was really impressed with everyone’s commitment in making sure there was stuff to go out and I think it was the best opportunity for everyone to get involved and get a taste of what the radio industry is really like on a day-to-day basis,” said Doyle.