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The Board and Staff of UCDVO mourns the loss of Fr. Tony Coote, our friend, former Chaplain, social justice campaigner and Founder of UCD Volunteers Overseas. Fr. Tony died on Wednesday 28 August, 2019.


Fr. Tony founded UCDVO in response to requests from students who wanted to make a difference in the wider world and help tackle global injustice through international volunteering. In July 2003, Fr. Tony and student adviser Aoife Fitzgerald led a group of 22 students to Delhi and linked with the Missionaries of Charity to build a sports ground in a slum area of the city so that children would have a safe space to play.


Since the modest beginnings in Delhi, over 1,600 students and staff have participated in UCDVO’s year-long volunteering and development education programme. The programme has helped transform many lives and has sown the seeds of activism and lifelong commitment to human rights and social justice.


Fr. Tony’s dedication to raising awareness about motor neurone disease and the failure of Government to provide essential medical services has raised over €600,000 to date for research and care for people living with the disease. In July 2018, five months after his diagnosis and rapid deterioration of his health, Fr. Tony organised a fundraising walk from Letterkenny to Ballydehob which was broadcast as the documentary Walking the Walk on RTÉ One television. On reaching Ballydehob after the gruelling journey of over 550km, Fr. Tony commented, “Life is fragile. Grab it with your two hands, hold onto it. It’s all we know. And treasure it”.


The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association Walk While You Can takes place on Saturday 14 September, 2019, Phoenix Park, Dublin.



UCDVO’s Vision and Mission 

UCDVO’s Vision is for the UCD Community to have an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing humanity worldwide, and the determination and commitment to tackling issues underlying global poverty and inequality.

UCDVO’s Mission is to provide the UCD Community with opportunities to engage in international volunteering and development education activities, which are designed in partnership with local communities and in line with international development frameworks.


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Recent News & Opportunities

Registration is now open for the UCDVO Annual Forum 2019. Visit our Forum page for programme of speakers and registration details.


Applications for UCDVO 2019/20 Programme open 23rd September. Come to our Info Evening on Monday 23 September in B004, Health Sciences Centre. Like our facebook page to stay up to date.


Applications for Be the Change, an evening course in activism and change making will open on the 16th September. 


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