(MONTREAL, QC) May 1, 2023 – Students on the Enactus Western University team created a project that restores and donates mobility devices to those in need across the globe.
Their efforts were recognized today at the 2023 Enactus Canada National Exposition Opening Ceremony, where the Enactus Western University team won the Jeanne Sauvé Global Project Accelerator Best Project award for RollUp.
RollUp is an initiative that refurbishes used wheelchairs and sells them at affordable prices, promoting accessibility and sustainability. The group behind the initial project have launched a second initiative that has donated over 1,000 mobility devices to individuals with disabilities affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, expanding their plans to support other countries in need.
“Congratulations to the students at Western University for their innovative project and the incredible impact they have achieved both locally and abroad through their collaborative efforts!” says Diane Sauvé, President, The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation.
The Jeanne Sauvé Global Project Accelerator is designed to empower Enactus teams with the resources needed to modify or expand existing projects to have an impact outside of Canada, in partnership with an Enactus team in another country.
The Enactus Canada National Exposition is an annual three-day event that unites hundreds of delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education.
For more information about the event, competition updates, and results, visit enactus.ca/events/national-exposition
ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA:
Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,000 post-secondary students led 188 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 30,000 lives.
As a global network of 33 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.
ABOUT JEANNE SAUVE:
Jeanne Sauvé made history when, in 1984, she became Canada’s first female Governor General, the representative Head of State for Canada and Commander-in-Chief. She was the 23rd Governor General and the sixth Canadian to hold the vice-regal office. As the three primary themes of her mandate, she chose national unity, peace and youth and advocated tirelessly on these issues throughout the course of her vice-regal duties. During her tenure Madame Sauvé traveled extensively throughout all regions of the country meeting and talking with Canadians; she served as patron to numerous national non-governmental organizations; undertook state visits to foreign countries; received thousands of Canadians at functions at her official residence, Rideau Hall; and through hundreds of speeches and events, celebrated all that is essentially worthy and noble across the nation. As the end of her tenure drew near, Madame Sauvé established a Foundation which would foster similar leadership opportunities for young people and establish networks of national and international association for generations to come. For more information, visit: https://jeannesauve.org/about/jeanne-sauve-biography.
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