The Millennial of the Year 2018

Charity, For a great cause, By a powerful generation.

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The Millennial of the Year is an national fundraising competition which in 2018 is aimed at raising €100,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).

100 of Ireland’s most promising millennials are challenged to raise at least €1000 in whatever style they wish before the 24th November.

Their fundraising events and endeavours will be judged by a committee of 10 Irish celebrities who will be awarding millennials in 10 awards across 5 categories (please see awards section).

The awards will be presented on the 24th November at Dublin’s most prestigious private event - The Millennial Ball which is proudly sponsored by Irish Life. All fundraising millennials will be the distinguished guests attending for free.

The Millennial of the Year was founded in 2018 by a committee of 13 young graduates across Ireland and is supported by the Minister of State for Disability issues.


In Ireland, less than 5% of people with Down Syndrome attain full-time employment. The millennials of Ireland want to correct this wrong.

For that reason, the 2018 Millennial of the Year will be fundraising €100,000 to help employ their fellow peers via Down Syndrome Ireland’s EmployAbility Programme.

The EmployAbility programme offers millennials with Down Syndrome a chance. It trains and educates people in specific employment roles so that they can realise their ambitions of finding a job, participating in society and living an independent life.

Every €1000 raised by a participating millennial will support one millennial with Down Syndrome and that’s why we are encouraging every person reading this to get involved.

The millennial generation is the largest generation in the history of human civilisation. Therefore, the MOTY national fundraising competition is about ensuring this group is also the largest force for good in the history of human civilisation by mobilising each other to help our peers in need.



10 awards – 5 Categories

Fastest Fundraiser x 2
The first participant to raise €1000 will win this category.
The first team to raise €2000 will also win an award in this category.

Most Innovative Event
Innovation is all about the sense of invention.
Our judging panel will be looking for participants who have shown intuition in their methods of fundraising and developed new ideas/events to hit their €1000 target.

Best Online Presence
An online presence means being seen.
Participants who most effectively use the native tools of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube to make their fundraising campaign come to life online will win this category.

Most Money Fundraised x 4
If it makes money, it makes sense.
The more funds that you raise, the more people we can put through the EmployAbility programme. For that reason the participant and the team who raise the most funds will be awarded. (4 spots).

Most Awareness Created
Knowledge created through interaction.
Those who interact with their community, company and the public to help people understand DSI’s EmployAbility programme and the MOTY competition will be awarded for awareness creation.

The 2018 Millennial of the Year
Opportunity come to those who create it.
The person who stands out most formidably in all of the combined categories above will be presented the accolade 2018 Winner of the Millennial of the Year.

They will be awarded at The Millennial Ball by a Minister of State.

Judging Panel

The Millennial Awards
All will be judged.
The fundraising endeavours of all participants will be presented to our panel of 10 judges. The panel will be deciding the winners in each category and includes the Minister of State for Disability Issues, CEO Down Syndrome Ireland, RTE and Today FM presenters among more.

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Drop us an email at, send us a message on Facebook or sign up here on our page.