Raise and Give Society (Rag Soc) are representing Ireland at the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) 2012 World Cup in Washington this week, having won the inaugural national SIFE competition during the summer.
RAG Soc beat teams from NUI Galway, Trinity College and UCD with social inclusion enterprise projects aimed at creating an “engaged, equipped and empowered student body that is active in shaping the future of Ireland”.
The Rag team, Daithí de Buitléir, Ronan O Dálaigh, Sallyanne Downes, Evelyn Boyle, Hannah Dobson and Paul Gillick, are representing Ireland at the event which will be hosted by US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.
RAG Soc’s projects included: ‘Books4Literacy’, a wholesale second-hand book service which would employ people with literacy problems; ‘App 4 Change’, a training and support system for young people alienated from the formal education system to develop smartphone apps; ‘Bus Banter’, a project targeting loneliness and isolation by encouraging conversation on Dublin Bus and ‘Operation Paint Ballymun’, a project aimed at encouraging early school leavers to remain in the education system using creative arts.
SIFE is an international, not-for-profit organisation and the world’s largest university-based partnership between business and university students for social change.
Aoife Mullen is our News Editor