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Thursday, 23rd June 2022

New film tracks local men’s round-Ireland cycle to raise awareness of world poverty

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2 Cargo bikes - 5 days - 700km - 6 Workshops - 9 meetings with key stakeholders - Bobby McCormack of the Drogheda based organisation Development Perspectives, and Saolta Programme Manager Nick Doran prior to setting off on their SDG Roadshow.

A documentary video which follows the journey of two committed activists touring Ireland on cargo bikes to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a set of global commitments to end poverty, protect the planet and promote peace, has just been released.

The documentary, filmed by Alan Markey of Tonlegee Films and Alfie Hollingsworth, tracks Bobby McCormack, the Chief Executive of the Drogheda based organisation Development Perspectives, and Saolta Programme Manager Nick Doran, as they undertake the SDG Roadshow.

On May 23rd 2022 Bobby and Nick set off separately from Limerick and Waterford to engage with universities, adult education services, community groups and local elected representatives as they trekked to Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Speaking about the SDG Roadshow, Bobby McCormack said: “Awareness of the SDGs across the population in Ireland is relatively low so we wanted to reach out and bring the goals to communities. The takeaway is that the goals are relevant and we can all make a difference.”

 “The message is simple. All of us can contribute to the SDGs, but those involved in Education have a unique position, which allows us to amplify the framework and its agenda to many more. Educators are, in this case, multipliers.”

The SDG Roadshow has been developed as part of Saolta, a Global Citizenship Education strategic partnership programme for the Adult and Community Education sector in Ireland and has been supported by Irish Aid, Coalition 2030 and EirGrid.

EirGrid said the company was delighted to support the SDG Roadshow: “As a responsible business we recognise the importance of educating the community to encourage a more sustainable future for Ireland and this is one of the cornerstones of our own sustainability objectives,” a spokesperson said.

The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of global commitments to end poverty, protect the planet and promote peace, justice and equality by 2030.

For more information about Development Perspectives see: www.developmentperspectives.ie/

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