Minister for Children Katherine Zappone with Youth Ambassador Katie Black from Kingswood at the launch of 25-youth ambassadors for the anti poverty ONE campaign, co-founded by Bono.
The ONE Campaign is an international, nonpartisan, non-profit, advocacy and campaigning organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support policies and programs that are saving lives and improving futures.
The name ONE was inspired by the belief that one voice, coming together with many others, the political left and right, business leaders, activists, faith leaders and students, can change the world for the better.
It is a membership organisation of more than 7 million people worldwide.
Over the next year Katie will be using her talents to raise awareness of policies to combat extreme poverty and preventable disease.
Speaking at the launch Minister Zappone said:
“Katie joins a proud tradition of campaigners who set out to change not only their own communities, but the country and the world for the better.
“I wish her every success in her year as Ambassador and encourage everyone in Kingswood and across Tallaght to support her.”
ONE Youth Ambassadors are selected yearly from Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy to support its grassroots mobilization and advocacy goals across Europe.
ONE Champions work to advance ONE’s goals in Africa through lobby meetings, campaigning, and awareness raising.
In the United States and Canada, ONE field organizers coordinate campaigning efforts, lobby members of Congress and Parliament, and host community awareness events. On college campuses across the U.S.,
ONE Campus chapters are run by students who mobilize their peers to participate in ONE’s advocacy campaigns.
ONE Campus chapters aim to teach students about extreme poverty and encourages members to campaign for lifesaving investments and US development policies.