Kilkenny native Daithí de Buitléir is representing Ireland in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup in Washington, DC.
Daithi is a member of the DCU team, the first Irish team to take part in the competition, and is competing with university teams from 39 countries for the title of SIFE World Champion 2012. During the competition, Daithí and his team will also meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Founded in the US in 1975, SIFE is an international, non-profitable organisation that encourages university students to make a positive difference to their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders of the future.
The DCU group won the inaugural Students in Free Enterprise Ireland competition last May. Competing against teams from NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, the DCU’s win was based on its “social enterprise outreach projects,” which are designed to equip communities with skills and tools to transform themselves.
Their projects included: RAG, which engages, equips and empowers students so that they can influence the future of society in a positive and meaningful way by volunteering their skills and time to people and organisations in need; and Operation Paint Ballymun, in which, through the medium of the creative arts and by acting as suitable role models, the students seeks to inspire and empower early school leavers to remain in the education system.