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Waterford woman wins Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award for The Shona Project

Tammy Darcy from Passage East, Co. Waterford has won the prestigious Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) award for The Shona Project. She was awarded the prize at an event at the Mansion House, Dublin on Wednesday 4th October. Founded by Tammy just one year ago, The Shona Project is an innovative support system for young girls living in Ireland. It has already reached over 60,000 girls through its school workshops, online articles and videos.

Following a rigorous selection process, The Shona Project was among seven winners chosen from hundreds across the country. The seven selected, described by SEI’s Darren Ryan as “high potential social entrepreneurs” will receive seed funding of €10,000 as well as industry support to the value of €15,000 in order to grow their business to the next level of development over the next year.

During the event the packed auditorium were shown a video featuring Aisling Boland, a member of The Shona Project’s Youth Council, who described what the project meant to her. The video, which was shot in Waterford, stressed the importance of support systems like this in tackling depression and other issues in our young women.

Speaking at the event founder of Tammy Darcy, Founder, The Shona Project said:

“I am thrilled and honoured to receive this award for The Shona Project at such an early stage in our development. I founded The Shona Project because I know that it is tough being a girl in Ireland today. There are so many pressures from school and bullying to low self-esteem and mental health issues. I feel very passionate about the importance of instilling confidence in our young women, in giving them positive role models who are praised not for their perfection or the number of likes they have on Instagram but for their achievements and talents. If we want to build tomorrow’s female leaders we need to nurture them. That is what The Shona Project is all about.”

Speaking at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin, CEO Darren Ryan said:

“We are delighted to announce the 2017 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awardees. They are ambitious, driven people with innovative solutions to Ireland’s social problems. Entrepreneurs are constantly iterating. They find solutions to gaps in services. This is a recognised approach in the commercial sector. We take the same approach to gaps in services in the social sector. We look for people with innovative approaches to tackle the issues that are affecting Irish people across the country and we give them the support to scale their impact and effectiveness."

SEI significantly increases the impact of Ireland’s highest potential social entrepreneurs through this Awards Programme. Since 2004 SEI has supported 204 enterprises with total investments of over €6.7 million.

For more information on The Shona Project: http://www.shona.ie /@Shona.ie

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