Trinity College students Méabh Smyth and Chris Meaney were the first team to reach Bojnice Castle in Slovakia, making them the winners of Jailbreak 2019.
The team raised €1,539.79 for the charities Amnesty International and St. Vincent de Paul.
This year the competition had a goal of €65,000 and overall, the participants raised €66, 741.20.
“We honestly enjoyed the whole stressful and exhilarating experience from start to finish. As both of us are members of Trinity Cumann Gaelach, we really enjoyed the emphasis that was put on the Irish language this year,” said Smyth, one member of the winning team.
“We were obviously even more delighted to have raised nearly €1,600 for two fantastic charities. We would love to do it all over again.”
Another TCD team, Amy Worrall and Fátimah Alaya, were the most successful team in raising money throughout this year’s competition, raising €5,465.00 for charity.
“We raised roughly €700 for the two charities before the weekend. The race was definitely nothing I expected, and we had a few close calls here and there but that added to the craic of it all!” said TCD student, Luke Ryan, one of the runners up.
Jailbreak, which began in TCD in 2013, has raised over €285,000 since its launch. It has expanded and is open to all universities in Ireland. Last year the winning teams were from University College Cork.
Over the period of a weekend, teams of two have 24 hours to race across Europe without spending any of their own money in order to reach an undisclosed “Location X”, which is revealed through a series of clues. In the weeks leading up to the event, the teams fundraise for the two charities with events and sponsorship, however cannot use this money for their travel.
“I think the race itself is wonderful – it’s great to see students from so many different colleges coming together. I love the emphasis on the Irish language too, and it’s so great to see it being used all across Europe as the teams race around,” said Síofra Dempsey, the College Support Officer with St Vincent de Paul.
“There’s usually a developmental element for the teams too, a challenge to teach someone some Irish, or find out about social justice issues in the countries they’re in, so it’s cool that the students are gaining a deeper understanding of the world through the event.”
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