Rathangan woman wins award for advocacy work

Aoife Kirwan has won the USI President’s Award

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Rathangan woman wins award for advocacy work

Aoife Kirwan presented with award by USI’s president Michael Kerrigan.

A Rathangan woman has won the prestigious award for her work in campaigning and awareness of disabled people.

Aoife Kirwan has won the USI President’s Award at the USI Achievement Awards. The awards were announced at the a ceremony in Dublin last Thursday.

Aoife, who studied in both Waterford IT and UCD, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 7 years ago. After her diagnosis she became involved in patient advocacy and activism, contributing to campaigns aimed at raising awareness and support for people living with MS and other disabilities across the country. She now holds the title of Information, Advocacy and Research Assistant with MS Ireland.

Through her work, Aoife has spoken in Leinster House, to TD’s and Senators about the realities of living with MS in the hopes of having access to vital services improved. She also shares her experience with MS on the MS and Me blog. Recently she was involved in the ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS Campaign’ which raises awareness and funds for MS research. The campaign asks supporters to challenge themselves or to do a dare to support the cause, with many choosing to take part in a skydive.

Ms Kirwan is very active on twitter @aoifemkirwan with over 1,500 tweets and 1,100 followers.

“I am proud to present Aoife with the President’s Award,”  the USI’s president Michael Kerrigan explained. “Her work has made a huge difference to people’s lives today.”

The annual award is given to those who have displayed effort in offering outstanding support to the student movement. Other award categories include student campaigns, activism, online and print media, volunteering and community engagement.