In February 2012, Nicola became the first Irish female ambassador for JustWorld International, the charity founded by Jessica Newman which provides educational support for underprivileged children in Senegal, Brazil, Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala.
She joins a high-profile list of equestrian stars who have volunteered time, and part of their earnings, to promote this worthy humanitarian cause. Frenchman Kevin Staut, winner of the 2009 European Championship title and first athlete representative to the FEI Executive Board, America’s Laura Kraut and Portugal’s Luciana Diniz are just three of the best-known names on the JustWorld ambassadors list which includes over 400 representatives from 35 countries. Tipperary-man Kevin Babington, who has been based in Pennsylvania, USA for many years, is the only other professional Irish rider on the JustWorld team.
JustWorld International was established in 2003, and its mission is to deliver and facilitate education for disadvantaged children, thereby helping to break the cycle of poverty in the longer term.
Nicola aims to use her profile in the media, and her network of friends in equestrian sport and other spheres, to promote awareness of the JustWorld agenda. “I’m delighted to have the chance to support JustWorld International. It’s a huge honour to join so many great riders who are prepared to give of their time and energy to do something like this… education is an essential tool for every child; I’m a great believer that people can improve their circumstances through learning at any level” she said.
The 2nd annual Strut! fashion show in support of JustWorld International took place during the Winter Equestrian Festival at Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre, Florida, earlier this year, and featured many of the world’s best-known riders. Nicola traveled over to support the event, and will few the Irish flag on the cat-walk alongside Babington and Ballinasloe-native Andrew Bourns.
JWI founder and executive director Jessica Newman said “We are delighted to have Nicola onboard. As a young person, her particular interest in education is exciting for us. We believe she will be a great asset to the JustWorld family”. For more information on JustWorld International, follow them on Facebook or visit their website: www.justworldinternational.com.
You can also check out Nicola’s JWI profile here.