The Concern Leadership Network (CLN) is a community of motivated leaders, advocates, and influencers who are bringing about positive and lasting change to families living in extreme poverty around the world. Our members are creative, caring, and inspiring individuals who help Concern increase awareness and raise funds. Today, meet Concern marathon finisher, and CLN member, Caoimhe Greene.
What is your current profession?
I am a Director of Sales at AKA, a luxury hybrid hotel which focuses on long term stays. I studied hospitality at Shannon College of Hotel Management, and originally moved to New York to work for the Waldorf Astoria. I have been at AKA for almost two years.
What’s your cause? What is it that prompts you to make a difference?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that instilled the importance of social service in the world. My grandmother moved to Tanzania when she was in her early 70s for a few years to help those in need. Since her return, she has inspired me to give back and to continue my family’s history of charitable work.
When did you learn about Concern? How did you get involved?
I learned about Concern when I was a young child. My family has always supported the organization and I took part in many 24 hour fasts in both primary and secondary school to help raise money for the charity. Once I moved to New York, I had the pleasure of meeting Sinéad Naughton who encouraged me to become a CLN member.
Why did you join the Concern Leadership Network?
I joined because I feel passionate about the work the charity does in the underprivileged corners of the world. I went to my first CLN event over two years ago and was moved by the presentation they shared, and even more so by the huge impact we can make by lending a helping hand.
What are your goals within, or for, the CLN?
My goal is to encourage more young people to get involved with Concern and to raise awareness of the fantastic work they do.
Are you working on any CLN projects right now?
Earlier this month, I raised $3,000 for Concern by running the New York Marathon. My next project will be to try increase numbers at the Concern Run in Central Park next year and hopefully convince more people to take part in the New York Marathon for Concern.
Learn more about the Concern Leadership Network and how to join.