Arklow local becomes ambassador for global anti-poverty campaign in 2016
Catherine Murphy from Arklow
Local Arklow student and resident Catherine Murphy has been selected to be part of campaign group ONE's prestigious Youth Ambassador Programme. The 2016 Irish Youth Ambassador Programme with 25 young people from across the country was launched recently by Joan Burton.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Their Youth Ambassadors are a dedicated team of 300 activists from across Europe to champion an end to global poverty. The Youth Ambassador programme has added importance this year, with a number of national and global summits happening this year where world leaders will make major decisions affecting the world's poorest people.
The general election will be swiftly followed by several major international meetings including an Anti-Corruption Summit in London, a pledging conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the second Nutrition for Growth Summit in Rio.
Jamie Drummond, co-founder of ONE, said "It's great to have Catherine Murphy join our Youth Ambassador programme. They are part of an impressive team of young people who will make waves and turn heads in Ireland and around the world in their mission to end extreme poverty.
"The Irish have always been the greatest global citizens, travelling and working around the world, and giving smart aid even in the toughest times. ONE's Youth Ambassadors are part of the great Irish institution of activism. This year, more than ever, we need Irish leadership globally to help end the injustice of extreme poverty and hunger."
Catherine, a mother of two, is a full-time student at IT Carlow, at its Wexford Campus, and is pursuing and Honours Degree in Applied Humanities.