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Vodafone Foundation - World of Difference Programme

World of Difference programme

The Vodafone Ireland Foundations World of Difference Programme provided outstanding individuals the opportunity to answer their true calling and work for a charity of their choice. The winners of the programme dedicated their time, up to a full year, supporting their chosen charity with the Vodafone Foundation providing their full salary.

The World of Difference programme began in 2007 and over the years has given 68 exceptional people the opportunity to support the causes important to them and has provided over €1 million in funding to these selected charities. These World of Difference winners included recent graduates as well as executives with more than 25 years’ experience. They were drawn from a broad range of sectors including retail, IT, medical, communications, education and finance. Below is a sample of the charities we have supported through our World of Difference winners.

Previous Winners - 2014

Amy Smyth, Future Voices Ireland

Amy Smyth, Future Voices Ireland

Amy left a role at the Free Legal Advice Centres to work with Future Voices Ireland (FVI). FVI is an empowerment charity working with marginalised teens from the lowest performing Department of Education and Skills schools in Ireland. FVI offers human rights training to help people find their true potential and break the poverty cycle. Amy established a national youth panel to facilitate self advocacy

Cheryl Gunnig, DEBRA Ireland

Cheryl Gunning, DEBRA Ireland

Cheryl moved from her voluntary role within DEBRA Ireland to a full-time position focusing on a digital marketing strategy. Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare genetic skin condition which causes the skin to blister at the slightest touch. DEBRA Ireland supports families and patients living with the devastating effects of EB and helps them cope with all that EB brings with it.

Claire Coughlan, EPIC

Claire Coughlan, EPIC

Claire joined Empowering People in Care (EPIC), a charity that works with and for people in residential care, foster care, hostel, high support and special care. EPIC also works with people preparing to leave care and in after-care. Its mission is to advocate for the rights of those in and with care experience, to meaningfully engage with these young people, and to organise and amplify their voices.

Tom Meagher, Men's Development Network

Tom Meagher, Men's Development Network

Tom joined the Men’s Development Network focusing on promoting the White Ribbon campaign. The Men's Development Network supports men by helping unemployed and marginalised men, challenging male gender conditioning, and changing harmful behaviour through domestic violence perpetrator programmes. It pre-empts harmful behaviours through preventative programs like the White Ribbon Campaign.


Past charity partners

Charity partners 2013-2011

  • SOAR
  • Mens Sheds
  • Reach Out
  • Le Cheile
  • SUAS
  • Pieta House
  • Threshold Housing Charity

  • Young Social Innovators
  • MS Ireland
  • Turn2Me
  • St John Ambulance
  • Care Local
  • Arthritis Ireland

Charity partners 2010

  • Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice
  • The Paralympic Council of Ireland (PCI)
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland
  • Dublin SPCA
  • OPEN
  • COPE Galway
  • Aware
  • The Umbrella Foundation Nepal
  • Camara
  • Care Local
  • Free Legal Advice Centres
  • GOAL
  • One in Four
  • Irish Cancer Society
  • Clondalkin Youth Service
  • Sunday's Well Life Centre
  • Childline ISPCC
  • Chernobyl Children International
  • SICCDA South Side Mediation Service
  • Women's Aid
  • The Meningitis Trust
  • Business to Arts
  • Matt Talbot Services
  • Brothers of Charity Services, Waterford
  • Anam Cara
  • The Jack and Jill Children's Foundation
  • Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups
  • Musical Youth Foundation
  • Cancer Care West
  • Plan Ireland
  • Paralympic Council of Ireland
  • Navan Resource Centre
  • The Rise Foundation

Charity partners 2009-2007

  • Coolmine Therapeutic Community
  • Global Charity Platform 2009
  • Volunteers Centres Ireland 2009
  • Open Heart House
  • Doras Luimini
  • Grow
  • St. James Hospital 2008
  • Pieta House
  • Camara
  • Jobcare