The inaugural Dóchas Awards ceremony took place at the Dóchas Annual Conference in Croke Park on Thursday 7th May.
The Dóchas Awards celebrate inventive, innovative and inspiring work by people and organisations in Ireland working for development and global justice.
2into3 were delighted to sponsor the Global Citizen of the Year Award.
The winner of the Global Citizen of the Year Award was Breda Gahan, the county Wexford native who works for Concern Worldwide and has dedicated her life to the fight against HIV/AIDS. The winner was announced by the conference MC, Justin Kilcullen, former Director of Trócaire. The award was presented by Dennis O’Connor, Director of 2into3.
Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas said, “we are delighted that Breda Gahan has been announced as the Global Citizen of the Year. She is truly deserving of this title. We have received nominations from all over the country, which shows that there are inspiring change makers all over Ireland, making a big difference to people’s lives around the world.”
Breda Gahan is a Dublin trained nurse and midwife with a masters degree in Public Health from Liverpool University. She has worked and lived overseas since 1984 in Iraq, Sudan, Cambodia, and Mozambique, following on with frequent visits to Bangladesh, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and other countries. For the past 27 years, joining in 1988, she has worked with Concern Worldwide, principally supporting Health and HIV programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries.