Kinsale’s Sophie Healy-Thow, a student at Bruce College, Cork, has been selected to be part of campaign group ONE’s prestigious Youth Ambassador programme.
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. Several major international meetings coming up 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.
Sophie is passionate about creating awareness about food security and climate change, particularly amongst young people. She is a Google Science Fair 2014 and European Young Scientist 2013 winner and in 2015 she was selected as Global Youth Leader by the United Nations at the Global Goals Mobilising Generation Zero Hunger Conference in New York. Sophie has also been appointed as an Ambassador by the ISPCC for their Youth Shield Award Anti Bullying Campaign.
In 2014 Sophie was named as one of Time magazine’s Top 25 most influential teens. She is a regular speaker and panelist at international conferences and events and has presented TV programmes and written articles on education, science and food security.
Jamie Drummond, co-founder of ONE, said: “It’s great to have Sophie join our Youth Ambassador programme. She is 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.”