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Thanks for the GaelForce / Bumbleance Sponsorship

Delighted to say thanks to friends and colleagues for contributing over €1000 towards @Bumbleance as sponsorship for my Bumbleance #GaelForceWest challenge! To prove I did it, here’s a picture of me with my medal looking pretty dishevelled at the finish line 🙂 You can still sponsor me if you like visiting http://www.idonate.ie/seanog1982 or donate €4 directly to Bumbleance by texting BUZZ to 50300. 

Gael Force Finish Line with Michelle Sean and Shane at the GaelForce Finish Line Kayla, Tia and Andrew Conaghan supporting Bumbleance Kayla and Tia Conaghan supporting Bumbleance


Gaelforce Training Update

#Gaelforce training update: Last week I was was away on holiers. Luckily Michelle Conaghan didn’t mind me getting in some training while we were away so I did three Spinning sessions, 3 * 10km runs, a session of circuit training and some gym work. In July I ran or cycled about 250km on top of some other bits and pieces of gym training etc. On Monday coming I’m looking forward to testing myself in the RockNRoll Half Marathon (21.09km) in Dublin. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever ran that distance so will be a good test. GaelForce is still two weeks away so still some training to do – getting a bit worried about it now. Anyway, I’ve been doing this for BUMBLEance, a children’s transport ambulance service. Why is Bumbleance a good idea? Well, it makes transporting very sick children a much less frightening experience for them. Bumbleance is part of a charity called the Saoirse Foundation. If you don’t know it, if you get a chance I’d recommend looking it up. The story of the organisation and the people behind it is both terribly sad but also inspiring. Anyway, if you’d like to sponsor me I’ve created a fundraising page on iDonate.ie here: http://ow.ly/zJWkF.

Change Nation

Change Nation is an Ashoka initiative all about making real change happen

In 2012, Ashoka Ireland invited fifty of the world’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs to help solve Ireland’s greatest challenges in education, health,environment, economic development, civic participation, and inclusion.

In 2012, I volunteered as a Change Executive with Ashoka Ireland. This work has involved conducting preliminary market research and identifying key people and organisations for two of the worlds most successful social entepreneurs to meet when they attended Change Nation in March. The organisations I worked with are MyBnk and Apps for Good.

  • MyBnk is the first independent peer led and online youth banking scheme approved by Englands banking regulatory body, the FSA (Financial Services Authority).  MyBnk delivers finance and enterprise education directly to 11 – 25 year olds in schools and youth organisations, arming them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal with money effectively and make enterprising decisions throughout their lives. MyBnk uses financial services as a practical learning tool encouraging young people to develop their understanding of finance and economics by teaching them money management skills and providing small loans which they can use to help themselves and the wider community. You can learn more about MyBnk by visiting http://mybnk.org/.
  • The Centre for Digital Inclusion (CDI) was founded in Rio de Janeiro by Rodrigo Baggio founds in 1995. Rodrigo wanted to empower young people to use technology to change the world. While technology lies at the core of Centre for Digital Inclusion, it is merely used as a medium to empower people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to change to improve their own lives and communities. In doing this, it helps to provide people in low income communities with essential skills to participate in 21st century society. The Apps for Good programme helps low income youth learn to imagine, design and develop mobile and Facebook apps so that they can become the next generation of app creators, designers and developers. Students learn basic programming skills, an understanding of the software design process as well as gain hands on understanding of the technology market. This is the first CDI project to adapt its socio educational pedagogy for a developed economy. You can keep up to date with Apps for Good by visiting their website at: http://www.appsforgood.org

This short film will give you some information about Change Nation:

Change Nation – Finale Film from Ashoka Ireland on Vimeo.


The event itself generated a lot of press coverage:


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