Active Citizenship at DkIT

The Active Citizenship Awards ceremony took place in the Whitaker Theatre in DkIT on Tuesday 1st of May. The ceremony is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the frundraising efforts of the students of DkIT.The 4th year Business Ethics class (170 students) are each year set a challenge either to promote a social cause or support a charity of their choice. This project began back in 2002 and over the years has managed to raise over €80,000 for a large number of charities all chosen by the students. This years class was no different, the two charities chosen were Soft Education Power, a charity working with disabled children in Africa and the second charity was the Irish Kidney Association. The class ran two events, one in the college, which was the game show 'Take me out' and a second event which was a sponsored walk over the Slieve Foy Loop in Carlingford. Both events were very successful and the students with the support of family, friends and the kind donations of staff and students in DKIT managed to add another €9,500 to the already impressive total. This project is a huge undertaking and a very valuable experience for everyone involved.

Pictured above are: Maria Roddy Freyne, Kevin McCarron (4th Year student) Colin White (IKA) Deirdre Sewell (4th year student) and Maeve McArdle

Also recognised at the Active Citizenship presentation were students from Year 3 of the BA(Hons) in Community Sports Leadership programme. These students are challenged with devising sports development initiatives and embarking on novel fundraising ideas as part of their Sports Development module.

This years class initiates were Sports Hall Athletics, and a physical literacy development session. Both activities were with local primary schools, and both were supported by the Louth Local Sports Partnership. There were three fundraising activities. Two of these activities were for The Jack & Jill Foundation. The first fundraiser that they did was a stationary cycle from Malin Head to Mizen Head. This involved lecturers and classmates alike, and set the ball rolling for the class.

The main activity was a draw for a chance to win a trip for two to Euro 2012. The prize included, flights, accommodation, transfers, and match tickets to, Irelands opening game of the championships. The winners of the draw are John & James Tully, Strokestown Co. Roscommon.

Finally the class did a 'bits and bobs' day aimed at raising awareness of breast and testicular cancer. On this day the students use novelty activities to promote awareness of these cancers amongst the student population, coupled with waxing and hair dying to raise funds for the Irish cancer Society.

The students were delighted to present Mr Johnathan Irwin of the Jack and Jill Foundation with a cheque for €4555, and Ms Elaine Gillespie from the Irish Cancer Society, with €1533. This brings the donation by the students of Community Sports Leadership to charity since 2005 to over €77k.

Maria Roddy Freyne, course tutor for Event Management Year 3 outlined all the work her students have done over the year for a range of charities. Her students held a fashion show, a Blind Date Event and an International Talent show to raise €2436.75 for the Irish Cancer Society. They had a Cultural Cake Sale and Quiz Show for the Hope Foundation which raised €300. For the Temple Street Hospital Children's Hospital, students held a Family Fortunes event and had a Temple Tunes Band event in the Spirit Store. The DkIT's Got Talent show was a huge success raising €704.34 for the Special Olympics fund. Cultural Studies Year 3 students got involved as well, raising €560 for Crumlin Children's Hospital.

In total Maria's students raised €4965.09!

Speaking at the event Cathal Kearney, Head of the School of Business and Humanities said that he felt that the Active Citizenships Awards were the best event of the year and that he felt very proud of the work the students had done for their charities. He thanked David Cranny, Maeve McArdle and Maria Roddy Freyne and told the students that he hoped that when they left DkIT they would continue to see what they could do to give back to society.

L-R, David Cranny, Grace Carey, Elaine Gillespie (Irish Cancer Society),Suzanne Markey, Grace Stanley

L-R Grace Carey, Elaine Gillespie, Suzanne Markey & Grace Stanley.

L-R David cranny, Jonathan Irwin, Larry Brady & Rebecca Stretton

Jonathan Irwin & Liam Lawlor.