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DIT wins inaugural “Spirit of Enactus Award”

Posted: 1 June, 2017

An enterprising team of students from the DIT Enactus Society has won the inaugural Spirit of Enactus Award.

Members of DIT Enactus, chaired by Colm Fleming, 2nd Year student of Business and Management, were presented with the award at the national Grand Final of the annual Enactus Ireland competition on Wednesday. In the citation, the team was commended for the way in which they “illustrated integrity, collaboration, passion and innovation!”

DIT Enactus presented three innovative projects which earned them this award. The first project, Men Sheds Creations is a social enterprise that creates long-lasting bat habitats from recycled materials. The second project, Ciorcal is a social enterprise that empowers elderly individuals to share their local knowledge with tourists and the younger generation by means of walking tours and events. Finally, Foundations is a project that creates sustainable plant pots from construction waste. The project provides people living with intellectual disabilities to gain valuable and practical work experience in a familiar setting.

Professor Tom Cooney, DIT College of Business is the Faculty Adviser to the very active DIT Enactus Society and was delighted that the students reached the Grand Final for the first time this year. “Enactus asks third-level students in Ireland and internationally to use their entrepreneurial ability to improve communities. Our students worked on a number of projects, supporting people in a disadvantaged position. We are very proud of the work carried out by the students and we are delighted that it was recognised by winning the Spirit of Enactus Award”.

Established in 2011, Enactus Ireland (enactusireland.org) is part of a worldwide charitable organisation which develops future talent by enabling third level students to create, and implement, social entrepreneurial projects that positively impact our local and global communities. More information can be found on their website