Eoghan award Special Recognition award for ‘Eoghan’s Home Run’

Eoghan McCabe, from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Louth was awarded this year’s Special Recognition award at The Foróige Youth Entrepreneur Awards for his charity event, ‘Eoghan’s Home Run.’

The Foróige Youth Entrepreneur Awards celebrate young people who participated in the NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Program in schools, youth projects or alternative education providers right across Ireland.

The winners were announced across four main categories – best innovation, best business, best social enterprise and a special recognition award. NFTE, which stands for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, is a cutting edge, evidence based program that helps young people develop a whole range of business and life skills.

Nominated by his NFTE teacher Martina Farrell for organizing his own tractor run charity event, Eoghan raised money for Williams Syndrome Ireland and Ardee Hospice Homecare.

Eoghan worked tirelessly arranging meetings in the evenings with his family and entire community, creating posters to promote the event, he organized and took part in interviews with local newspapers, radio stations and sourced spot prizes for the raffle.

Eoghan’s tractor run saw thousands of people attend to support him, raising € 30,000.

Eoghan said, “I choose Williams Syndrome Ireland because I myself have Williams Syndrome. I wanted to show people that someone like me can do something as big as organize Tractor Run and I also wanted to support other families who have a kid with Williams Syndrome.

The four winners from this year’s competition beat over 6,000 young entrepreneurs from across Ireland who completed the NFTE program this year through a series of local, county and regional heats before the National final.

Judges for this year National competition included Ronnie Griffin, basis.point; Claire Byrne, Mastercard; Paul Fagan, ActionCOACH Ireland; Justin Egan, basis.point; Susan Dunphy, Curriculum and Assessment Policy, Department of Education; Eoghan Ryan, Rethink Ireland and Barbara Daly, Chairperson of Foróige.

Séan Campbell, CEO of Foróige, commented on this year’s young entrepreneurs “We’re amazed each year by the young entrepreneurs who participate in our NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and this year is no different. These young people have gone above and beyond to showcase their innovation and problem solving skills. We’re so proud of what they’ve achieved throughout this year while taking part in the NFTE program. So much of what we do in this program is about encouraging young people to be brave, take a leap of faith and back themselves and their abilities. Whether it’s highlighting a gap in the commercial market that needs to be filled, tackling a social challenge or identifying a need that should be met for the neurodiverse, it’s remarkable work done by these teenagers. We can safely say, the future is safe in the hands of young entrepreneurs who are thriving and turning problems into solutions ”

Seán continued, “We have been incredibly fortunate to receive Dormant Accounts funding through the Department of Education to continue to grow this fantastic program, in addition to significant support from basis.point, JP Morgan and ActionCOACH. Funding for the new social enterprise category was received through the Department of Rural and Community Development and corporate support from. Over 6,000 young entrepreneurs took part this year making it the largest number ever to participate. ”

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