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Dream big, says IGG Ambassador!

Dream big and never give up! That was the message 100 members of IGG heard from our Ambassador Kate Madden at a Dun Olaf District event in Dundrum on 19 October.

Eighteen-year-old Kate, who is currently Ambassador for IGG with her younger sister Annie (16), said it took them 152 attempts before they came up with their winning formula for equine feed that successfully treats ulcers in horses. They now export their Fenuhealth products to countries across four continents, including to five royal families!

“Believe in your dreams; know you can achieve whatever you put your mind to,” said Kate. “Keep your goal in mind and keep trying no matter how many times you have to try.

“Our motto in FenuHealth is ‘never give up’ and this is a perfect match for the positivity and enthusiasm which is central to the Irish Girl Guides. It is important to work together too and we would encourage you to get on well with your sisters and brothers and friends.”

Kate and Annie recently received Image magazine’s 30 Under 30 Award for STEM and appeared in the top five of a 20 Under 20 list of entrepreneurs in Ireland and the UK.

“They are great role models for our members,” said Dun Olaf District Commissioner Helen Cahill. “They show how dreams can come true and how everything is possible with dedication and determination.”

Former IGG Chief Commissioner, Jillian van Turnhout, paid tribute to Freda Keady who, after 36 years of service to IGG, including over 30 years as Leader of Kilternan Guides, is stepping back from running weekly meetings. Jillian said Freda had demonstrated an “unstinting commitment” to the organisation over the decades and said she would always be a friend of the District.

IGG members were delighted to be joined by Catherine Martin TD and her children for the evening.