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Kinsale's Ciara to speak about ‘making an impact'

September 7th, 2017 5:10 PM

By Southern Star Team

Ciara Judge is due to speak at the event being held in the Glucksman in UCC.

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KINSALE’S 2013 Young Scientist winner Ciara Judge is to take part in a conference on philanthropy taking place in Cork later this month.

Ciara, who won the Science award with classmates Emer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow, was also named one of the 25 most influential teens in the world, by Time magazine in  2014.

The Cork event Demystifying Philanthropy  – how giving back to communities can impact societal change explores the theme of how everyone can make an impact on society.

Philanthropy Ireland (PI) plans to bring future leaders together to look for their opinions and insights on giving to make an impact, so that people can leave the event with a clear understanding of how they can contribute to changing and benefitting society.

The event, on September 14th at the Glucksman in UCC, will encourage attendees to look at decoding and demystifying the question of what is philanthropy. The organisers believe that many of us are sceptical of this term ‘philanthropy’ as it has connotations that it is all about investing financially, whereas the reality is that there is a much bigger picture to consider.

‘We should not be cynical about trying to change the world.  It can be achieved.  We just need to believe that transformation is possible – and this forms the basis of the Future Leaders event being held in Cork this September,’ said Eilis O’Regan, chief executive of PI.

‘Philanthropy, including concept, role and potential, is underdeveloped in Ireland.  There is a need to provide platforms for discussion and engagement if we are to successfully deliver on a process for the development of a vibrant philanthropic sector,’ she added.

Ciara will talk on the topic of how natural bacteria can combat world hunger, and she will be joined by adventurer and motivational speaker Pat Falvey; Eoin McCuiric of Food Cloud; Pat Cotter, organiser of UCC’s Summer’s Evening on the Quad events and Ciara Heavin, who has developed an app to tackle hunger.

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