A Ballyvolane resident has been selected to be a Youth Ambassador for The ONE Campaign, the global anti-poverty group set up by Bono.
Megan O’Sullivan will join with others from across the country to build local support for international development.
Megan O’Sullivan, 21 said it is her first year as ambassador but said she cannot wait to start campaigning about international development with people in Cork.
"I’m really proud of Ireland’s long history of helping others and the work we do fighting poverty globally," she said.
"In this voluntary role I hope to play my part in driving awareness of the positive impact Ireland has on the world and help keep momentum around ONE’s global campaigns”.
As part of the Youth Ambassador programme, Megan will be looking to meet with her local TDs and members of the community.
“I first came across ONE whilst looking through voluntary opportunities online through my local volunteer centre. I thought it would be great and try and help advocate against these important issues. I never done anything like this before and I hope that I will be able to do my bit in helping end poverty and preventable diseases. I also hope to bring awareness about The ONE Campaign and the great work they do”.
As well as highlighting the good that Irish aid does globally, she will be calling for more action on girls’ education in globally and for Ireland to continue leading in supporting the world’s poorest countries.
“Girls education is really important to me, having gone into education myself. It is really important in ensuring that every girl receives the best possible education, not only for themselves but for their future. No child should be denied the right to an education, due to their gender, poverty in that area or conflict”.
All 25 Youth Ambassadors will attend a ‘lobby day’ – a single day where they go the Oireachtas to meet with key Ministers and officials – to highlight their cause.
Diane Sheard, interim Europe Director of ONE, said Ireland has always been home to the greatest global citizens, and ONE’s Youth Ambassadors are part of the great Irish tradition of activism.
This is the third year the Youth Ambassador programme has run in Ireland.
Previously, Youth Ambassadors have been to the Houses of the Oireachtas, the European Parliament and attended the G7 Summit in Germany to call on world leaders to act on extreme poverty.