World of Difference 2012
2012's World of Difference winners are involved in five very different but equally worthwhile charities.
Rob Walls, Threshold Ireland
Winning the World of Difference Programme has allowed me to use the skills I gained as a solicitor to give something back to society and particularly help those most vulnerable. Every day in Threshold we are helping people who are at risk of homelessness to stay in their homes.
Rob is a solicitor, specialised in insolvency, who has over 7 years’ experience working with one of Ireland’s largest law firms. Rob is providing legal support to Threshold; assisting them in interpreting relevant legislation and formulating strategies to protect tenants in areas such as receivership, deposit protection and minimum standards for rented accommodation.
Louise Riordan, Young Social Innovators
The World of Difference connects great people with great organisations to maximise their impact for good. Winning the Vodafone World of Difference Programme is allowing me to help more young people in Ireland realise their potential as social innovators and to empower them to create positive change in the world around them.
Like many young people, Louise graduated into the severest economic recession in Irish history. Whilst many of her peers emigrated, she resolved to stay and play her part and help others realise their potential to make positive change around them too. Louise is delighted to have the chance to work with Young Social Innovators and to help them realise their goal of 100,000 young social innovators in Ireland by 2015.
Aoife Whitford, Young Social Innovators
Winning the World of Difference has provided me with a unique opportunity of co-ordinating Vodafone Ireland Foundation’s charity partnership with Young Social Innovators; transforming my passion for both people and charity work into a fully fledged career.
Aoife discovered her passion for volunteering and working with young people through Le Chéile Mentoring & Youth Justice Support Services. Throughout her time with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Cork, Aoife helped to drive and increase employee engagement in charitable causes. Through the World of Difference, Aoife hopes to learn from the not for profit sector and engage Vodafone Ireland employees in the partnership.
David Mitchell, Pieta House
I left my Job in the construction industry to work with Pieta House. We are engaging with predominantly male organisations on a training and educational initiative to teach people to recognise the signs and symptoms associated with suicidal behaviour.
In 2011, 439 men died by suicide. Winning the Vodafone World of Difference programme has allowed me to dedicate myself to work with Pieta House on a new innovative initiative to help combat the rising numbers of young male suicides.