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Concern World Champions: millennials prove they’re no snowflakes!

Aoife O'Grady | 16 February 2017 | 0 Comments

World Champions, Concern’s new contest based on humanitarian-focused challenges, is proving a hit with the students of Ireland, however all ages are welcome, says Concern’s Jonathan Power. Get your team together and sign up before this Sunday’s registration deadline to join in the fun!

Concern’s Tadhg OSullivan, Anais Reymond and Caoimhe Seoige helped launch new Concern contest World Champions. Photo: Jason Clarke/Concern Worldwide.

If you’ve been hanging around the college campuses of Ireland, you may have noticed some unusual activity involving unverified passports and some unorthodox passport controls. No, you haven’t rumbled a criminal gang, you’ve crossed paths with Concern registering teams for our new competition – World Champions!

Launched in January, this is a brand new type of competition for Concern. It involves teams in Ireland taking part in a series of exciting challenges which are linked to our work overseas. Teams gain points on each challenge for their ingenuity, creativity, social media sharing and fundraising. The team with the most points at the end of the contest wins the World Champions crown and will join us on an overseas trip this summer.

Enthusiastic response

The response across the country has been really positive, according to Concern’s community fundraising manager, Jonathan Power. Almost 30 teams have already registered to take part and many more are expected to sign up this week as Sunday’s closing date looms.

Jonathan Power, Concern’s community fundraising manager. Photo: Jason Clarke/Concern Worldwide.

We’ve had a really great response, especially from the Institutes of Technology – it’s great to see teams get involved all over the country – from Cork and Limerick to Galway and Dublin. Our dream is to make it an all-Ireland affair and see every county represented!

 Jonathan Power, community fundraising manager

Jonathan adds:

“The response is strong from students because they have a lot to gain – it’s a competitive advantage for their CVs and a chance for a unique and meaningful overseas adventure. However, all ages are welcome; it’s an adventure and a challenge for anyone and everyone. You certainly don’t have to be in college to get involved!”

The idea is to give the teams a glimpse into our work overseas as they gain skills and fundraise over the course of the competition. The first challenge, ‘Survive on five’ – beginning 20 February – involves teams attempting to survive on five euro for five days. That’s €1 per day – the equivalent of what people in some of our programme countries have to live on.

Concern’s Caoimhe Seoige, Tadhg O’Sullivan and Anais Reymond promote ‘Survive on five’ – the first challenge in the Concern World Champions contest. Photo: Jason Clarke/Concern Worldwide.

People often complain that so-called millennials are passive and apathetic. In Concern, we see so many young people volunteering to hike, bake, dance and stand in the rain shaking buckets for us. We know they care, and the interest in World Champions is proving it yet again.

 Jonathan Power, community fundraising manager

How do I get involved?

Firstly, you’ll need to set up your team. Teams can have up to three people, so grab a friend or two and get started! Register your team and upload a photo to the World Champions leader board at https://concernworldchampions.ie/

What’s next?

Each team will take part in exciting challenges and fundraising activities linked to the work that we do overseas. You’ll be kept up to date by email about the upcoming challenges and you can take part in as few or as many or as you want!

The team with the most points on 30 April will be crowned Concern World Champion. Every euro you raise through your fundraising activities will equal one point and you can also earn points by sharing your journey on social media with our hashtag #ConcernChamps.

And, remember!

By being a part of Concern World Champions, you will not only gain skills and challenge yourself, you will be joining the Concern community and empowering some of the most vulnerable people in the world to escape the cycle of poverty.

The registration deadline is Sunday 19 February so join up now. We just can’t wait to see what you can do!

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