RAG-ons Den sees social projects receive cash boost

A novel RAG society event saw €800 allocated to groups with innovative ideas for social projects in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style show held on campus last Thursday.

Instead of pitching a business idea to judges, students pitched ideas for social initiatives to social entrepreneurs. Their projects would help others, rather than the investors and individuals.

A total sum of €800 was divided between three groups to assist them in furthering their projects.

Second-year Communications student Gloria Shannon received €400 for her idea.

She created the Long-term Illness Partner Service (L.I.P.S) to help people diagnosed with long-term illnesses gain advice from volunteers who had experience with the same illness.

Joy Newton, a third-year Communications student, received €300 for her idea of ‘Casting On’; knitting groups where older members of the community would teach the skill to youths.

David Rhein and Yannick Mangold, both first-year Global Business students, were awarded €100 for their ide, ‘A Deed a Day’.

This project creates a method of communication between charities and those willing to help based on the concept of doing a good deed a day.

The judging panel consisted of: Anne Sinnott, Dean of DCU Business School; Daithí de Buitléir, Co-Founder of Raising and Giving Ireland; and Eamonn Fitzgerald, Awards Programme Co-Ordinator at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

According to RAG Volunteer Co-Ordinator Gary Gillick, the idea behind the event was to attract students in DCU to make a difference in other ways than traditional bucket-collections.

Hannah Moran

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