University City Dublin attempted to set a Guinness World Record after making over 26,000 portions of hand-rolled ice cream in 24 hours.
The attempt began at 10am on Wednesday, March 27th, with nine people staffing all the stations around the clock, until 10am the following morning. The team fell short of setting the record as they missed out on the quota of 40,000 ice cream rolls set by Guinness. In the end, their final figure landed at 26,891 rolls.
UCD Students’ Union and Arctic Stone Ice Cream set up the event, which took place inside the crowded UCD student centre. A line stretched out the door and around the corner, with students queueing for up to an hour just to get some free ice cream.
UCDSU President Barry Murphy explained that the original idea was to have an ice cream fair, but this evolved into the World Record attempt. “We [the SU] as a team thought about how we could make it more interesting,” said Murphy.
Murphy said that the original goal set by Guinness World Records was much higher than the 40,000. “They originally wanted 150,000, but we had to tone it down a small bit,” said Murphy.
The event was set up to raise money for both the Peter McVerry Trust and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC). DRCC told the College View it was grateful to UCDSU for the fundraising efforts.
“We need more resources than we have. That’s why the money that the SU will raise is really precious to us,” said the DRCC. “It means that we can do more for those who’ve been abused and harmed and we can continue to speak out against all sexual violence.”
The Peter McVerry Trust also expressed their appreciation: “Not only are they raising vital funds, but this event will also increase awareness on campus of our work.”
The type of ice cream being made for the event was “stir-fried ice cream”, which originated as a Thai street food. It has slowly grown in popularity over the past few years and Arctic Stone was the first company to bring it to Ireland.
Along with the free ice cream, students could enjoy themselves by demoing games in the temporary VR section. The centre also hosted a Game of Thrones marathon through the night, with every episode from season seven being showed.
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