Wexford student Rachel is playing her part for Childline in new social enterprise initiative


Published 24/11/2015 | 00:00

Rachel Duke with Rebecca Delamere and Aoife McGrath.
Rachel Duke with Rebecca Delamere and Aoife McGrath.

Wexford native Rachel Duke is one of several local students who will be playing their part in a social enterprise initiative 100minds.

The UCD student joined with students from all across the country for the annual 100minds fundraising launch in Dublin's Convention Centre. The idea of the social enterprise is to connect college students with a selected cause and this year, it aims to raise €1 million for Childline.

In order to assist her with her fundraising efforts, 100minds will match Rachel with a mentor from a company such as Twitter, Google or KPMG. The mentor, who will be a recent graduate, will guide her as she applies the theory she is learning to her fundraising efforts.

Rachel was one of the many students who competed for a place on the 100minds programme and now that she has been selected, she will be tasked with raising €1000.

Since it was founded in 2013 by social entrepreneur, Declan Egan, the 100minds movement has successfully raised over €385,000 for Irish children's charities. This year, the event was sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

Speaking about the initiative Egan explained: 'Students develop their skills by designing and running a variety of fundraisers to help them reach their target. Their efforts are galvanised around a single cause and the experience helps to build their social conscience, develop their skills and build their networks.'

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