31 Oct KPMG Bursary Winners Experience: Megan Lunney
Megan Lunney, a 4th year Business, Entrepreneurship and Management student from Enactus IADT provides us with an insight into her experience at this years Enactus World Cup in London.
‘In September, I was one of the fortunate ones to be given the opportunity from KPMG, to cheer on my colleagues from Dublin College University. They represented our country at the Enactus World Cup held in the Excel Arena London, 16 years after the very first World Cup was held in the same city. Between the 26th-28th of September, thousands of students, faculty advisers and corporate sponsors came together to experience the life-changing impacts created from 35 countries currently involved in Enactus, from every corner of the world. Before beginning my travels, I had watched and read about previous and current projects and had heard of other people’s experiences but nothing could have prepared me for the sheer spectacle of such an enormous event! The passion and joy that came from each of the 35 countries competing was contagious and from the moment I stepped into the arena, I was blown away by the amount of positive energy that radiated off everyone. Before the competition official begun, each team showcased their country with an assortment of items they felt represented their nation at the World Cultural Fair. At the fair I took it upon myself to provide the other countries with a glimpse of our own Irish culture, donning a leprechaun hat, a shamrock,an Irish flag painted on my face and showing off my questionable skills as an Irish dancer! All the different nations were charmed and did equally well in showing off their own national pride. This was a great example of how different we can be, but still the same.
The next day was so exciting as the competition began. The competition encompassed eight leagues, comprising of 4 to 5 countries in each. While waiting to support DCU in the final league, I was able to watch and learn about the incredible impacts made by other Enactus teams and how they are able to empower, influence and provide meaning to others who had not been given an opportunity to demonstrate their talents before. Each Enactus team made the organisation proud and it was a honour to meet and see the other participants. When Enactus DCU walked onto the stage and represented their country, the loud cheer that filled the room from Team Ireland would not be out of place in Croke Park on a final day. On the same day, all those attending were invited to witness a special forum where Enactus students acted as global ambassadors and in their own words explained the meaning of one of the 17 UN sustainable development goals. From Team Ireland one of our members, Eoin O’Neill, spoke on the importance of SDG #2 – Zero Hunger. Eoin was a great representative of both our country and Enactus as he spoke very passionately about ending hunger across the globe.
On the final day of World Cup, the top 16 countries entered the semi-finals, and I’m delighted to say Ireland was one. The semi-finals took place throughout the entire morning, and in the afternoon all guests then watched as the top four countries competed in the final for the title of being this year’s Enactus World Cup Champion 2017. Although Ireland did not make it to the top four, we gave a performance of which we are proud of. Each of the final four were deserving of their place and any of them could have been winners. However, in the end it was India who took the winning title. Their Enactus team from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies presented two projects: Udaan, an initiative that has established 15 computer centres with female entrepreneurs to promote skill development and economic opportunities, and Project Raahat, which has significantly reduced the 97% of sanitation issues in slum communities in Delhi down to a remarkable 3%. Everyone in the auditorium was thrilled to see such a worthy winner.
As a bursary winner, I am extremely grateful for my time in London. It has enabled me to experience world culture at a level of which I had never experienced before. To see all the countries together, engage with people from different nationalities and to hear so many varied thoughts on how to make the world a better place was an experience I will never forget. At World Cup I gave an interview about what Enactus means to me, I used the term of reference “passionate”, because for me it brings to the fore how important it is that we all work together to make the world a better place. Enactus provides a great opportunity with which to speak your mind and take action if you feel that you can help the world any way big or small. As students we are the future, and it is ours to define.’