Student’s group gets boost from Arthur Guinness Fund

A GROUP founded by Kilkenny native and DCU student Daithí de Buitléir has been awarded €50,000 through the Arthur Guinness Fund.

A GROUP founded by Kilkenny native and DCU student Daithí de Buitléir has been awarded €50,000 through the Arthur Guinness Fund.

Raising and Giving Ireland, which aims to encourage young people to become active participants in society, was awarded the money along with business mentoring over two years to help progress the project.

Raising and Giving Ireland was awarded the prize as a start-up social enterprise. The organisation runs large-scale student-orientated fundraising events and awareness campaigns and gives students access to volunteering opportunities relevant to their passions and interests.

“When I first attended college, I looked around the university environment and I did not see any organisations engaging students with social problems in an appealing and innovative manner,” said Daithí, a 21-year-old native of Kells Road, Kilkenny. “In September 2011, I decided to change this by setting up the first DCU Raising and Giving with some college friends.”

The goal of Raising and Giving Ireland, he says, “is to get students thinking about their future and the future of Irish society as a whole by encouraging them to engage in philanthropic activities. The idea has grown very quickly and students have really responded fantastically to the platform we provide to them. We moved down to University of Limerick after Christmas and with the support of the Arthur Guinness Fund are now looking to go national.”

Raising and Giving Ireland was selected from 440 applications from social entrepreneurs based all over Ireland. The 10 awardees in 2012 will receive €700,000 in funding over two years with the groups focusing on a broad range of areas, with a strong focus on employment and getting people back to work.

The Arthur Guinness Fund was created in 2009 as part of the Guinness 250th anniversary. The fund, which continues the philanthropic legacy of Arthur Guinness, is designed to support social entrepreneurs in all parts of Ireland. To date, the Arthur Guinness Fund has awarded €1.65 million along with business mentoring to 20 projects across Ireland.