Calling on Leitrim people to make a difference

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Looking for a fresh challenge that could really make a difference to the lives of young people? Applications are being invited from Leitrim for the annual Vodafone World of Difference Programme.

Looking for a fresh challenge that could really make a difference to the lives of young people? Applications are being invited from Leitrim for the annual Vodafone World of Difference Programme.

The Vodafone Ireland Foundation is offering four exceptional people the opportunity to work for a youth charity of their choice for one year complete with a €40,000 salary paid for by the foundation.

The closing date for applications to the World of Difference programme is 8th September 2014.

Journalist Róisín Ingle and broadcaster Ray D’Arcy are among the judges and the successful applicants will be encouraged to take up their new positions before the end of the year.

Information on applying for World of Difference can be found on Facebook by searching Vodafone True Calling or by visiting the Vodafone Haven tent at this year’s Electric Picnic, which takes place from 29th – 31st August.

Now in its eighth year, this unique programme is designed to give people the opportunity to answer their true calling while also contributing to the development of charities that support the young people of Ireland.

Launching the call for applications, Natalie Hodgess, Vodafone Ireland Foundation Manager, said “We are delighted to be able to run this programme this year. We know charities need help now more than ever, and the programme offers a really tangible support to charities that have had to let staff go in the recent economic downturn.

“We have seen the lasting impact this programme has had on the charities that have been successful in the past and we are looking forward to finding four new inspiring individuals and charities that can answer their true calling and make a real difference through their career,” she told the Leitrim Observer.

Since 2007 the Vodafone Ireland Foundation has provided over €1m for selected charities and has given 65 people the opportunity to dedicate their time to a cause close to their hearts through the World of Difference programme.

Past World of Difference winners have come from a diverse background of sectors including retail, information technology, medical, communications, education, sport and finance.

Winners have been recent graduates as well as senior executives with more than 25 years of experience. They have helped a wide range of organisations such as Irish Men’s Sheds Association, MS Ireland, St John of God Menni Services, Pieta House, the Rise Foundation and Soar.