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Two Trinity students win Jailbreak challenge by making it to Slovenia with no money

Over €58,000 has been raised for charity.

GET TO A mystery destination but with no money. That was the challenge for 88 teams from eight Irish universities.

This year the tough ‘Jailbreak challenge’ was won by two Trinity College students  - Hugh Wedlon and Ahmad Mu’azzam, who reached Lake Bled in Slovenia at 1.32pm having set off at 9am from Collins Barracks in Dublin on Saturday morning.

There was a number of new rules aimed at making the event more competitive this year.

Teams had to reach a certain location, but they also had to limit air travel to two hours at a time.

Teams couldn’t fly out of a country they flew into, they had to complete at least four charity challenges before the finish line, and they had to complete the journey without using their own money.

Trinity News reports that the two winners were the first competitors to reach Grafton Street, where they fundraised for a couple of hours.

They then bartered with a taxi to bring them to Dublin Airport.

The pair flew to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and took a TGV train from Paris to Brussels. The students then caught the 9.18am flight to Slovenia, enjoying first class seats courtesy of Wizz Air.

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After arriving in Ljubljana they took a taxi to Bled, winning Jailbreak 2015 at 1pm.

So far, the challenge has raised over €58,000 for St Vincent De Paul and Amnesty International.

This is a big jump from the €40,000 teams raised in 2014.

It’s not too late to donate. You can donate by texting JAILBREAK to 50300.

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