'Jailbreak' winners reach Argentina . . . without spending a penny
34 teams raise over €10,000 for charity
Will Nicklethwait and James Haynes take a breather in Warsaw, Poland, during the Trinity ‘Jailbreak’ challenge which saw 34 teams travel as far away from Trinity as possible within 36 hours without using any of their own money.
A screengrab from the Jailbreak mycharity page showing the routes taken by some of the participants.
The Trinity Jailbreak event challenged 68 students to travel as far away from the college as possible within 36 hours without spending their own money or that of people they knew meaning the 34 teams had to rely on blagging to achieve their goal.
While the Argentinian adventurers made it the furthest it was a close call: Brian Cusack and Siona Wu Murphy made it to Bander Bentan in Telani, Indonisia, 11,258kms removed from Dublin and, frustratingly, just 37kms behind the winning distance.
The Jailbreak fundraiser had surpassed the €10,000 mark this morning and they are hoping to have raised €15,000 by the end of the week. All proceeds will go to St Vincent dePaul and Amnesty International.
Lydia Rahill of the Trinity Law Society which organised the event along with the Trinity St Vincent dePaul said they have been amazed at the support they have received for the event which is part of the Lawlapolooza fundraising festival.
“There has been an overwhelming number of people who have gotten on board to offer the contestants funding, accommodation, food and travel. It has really been uplifting to see such enthusiasm all over the world,” she said.
“In 36 hours we fundraised a record breaking amount for the Law Society, we reached over 6000 facebook likes, we trended top in Dublin and Ireland with over 2000 twitter followers and reached the record high of 5,600 listeners on Trinity FM. We are really proud of the project and are extremely grateful to all that took part; be they contestants, donators, travel companies or any one that followed and supported the project.”