Tuesday 26 September 2017

Student Sallyanne heads stateside for world cup with a difference

DCU students Sallyanne Downes, Paul Gillick, Daithí De Buitléir and Hannah Dobson.
DCU students Sallyanne Downes, Paul Gillick, Daithí De Buitléir and Hannah Dobson.

A BALBRIGGAN third level student is rubbing shoulders with an elite group in the States after making it through to the final of a competition aimed at showcasing social entrepreneurship talent.

Sallyanne Downes from Balbriggan is currently in Washington DC, representing Ireland in the prestigious SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) World Cup. She is one of three Dublin students on the DCU team along with Ronan O Dálaigh, Clondalkin and Hannah Dobson, Harold's Cross. They are the first Irish team to take part in the competition and will compete with university teams from 39 countries all over the world for the title of SIFE World Champion 2012. During the competition Sallyanne and her team members will also meet the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. Founded in the United States in 1975, SIFE is an international, non-profitable organisation which encourages university students to make a positive difference to their communities, while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders of the future. DCU SIFE won the inaugural Ireland competition last May. Competing against teams from NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, the DCU's win was based on its ' social enterprise outreach projects', which are designed to equip whole communities with skills and tools to transform themselves. Their projects included 'RAG' which engages, equips and empowers students so that they can influence the future of society in a positive and meaningful way by volunteering their skills and time to people and organisations in need. Another part of their initiative was Operation Paint Ballymun, which through the medium of the creative arts and by acting as suitable role models the students sought to inspire and empower early school leavers to remain in the education system The SIFE World Cup is a showcase of the impact that SIFE teams are achieving around the world and brings together an international network of over 3,000 student, academic and business leaders, where they present the results of their community outreach projects to a prestigious group of International leaders. Through a written annual report and live audio visual presentation, teams will be evaluated based on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.