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Closed 'One Man, a Dog & a Changemaker' - a charity walk to support changemakers

A project from Ashoka Ireland
in Dublin, Ireland

Charity Walk, Waterville to Dublin, of Steven Wilkinson in Ireland. Company of his dog and Irish changemakers, from primary school children to budding social-business entrepreneurs and established social innovators. Non-profit Ashoka Ireland.

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About this project


Venture capitalist Steven Wilkinson has chosen his next adventure: a walk in support of changemakers in Ireland. His challenge is to:

1. Walk 550km across Southern Ireland
2. Raise €50,000 in the process to help support changemakers who are working to solve social issues in Ireland

AND he has pledged to match every €1 that is donated on this website – so every €1 donated will be doubled!


An avid outdoorsman, Steven’s passion for walking has led him across beautiful landscapes. Inspired by the support and interest he gathered by blogging about his past walks, he vowed to repeat the experience. Steven and his wife Britta moved to Dublin with their 4 children in February 2015, and Steven quickly decided that a walk across Ireland would be the perfect way to discover his new home.

Beginning on April 16th Steven will walk over 550km, starting in Waterville, on the Kerry peninsula, finishing up in Temple Bar, Dublin City. His route takes him through the Kerry Way, the Duhallow and Avondhu Way, through East Munster and South Leinster, before embarking through the Wicklow Way. Keeping him company, Steven will be joined by his 7-year-old Irish Setter, Stella!


Whether in education, healthcare or environment, Steven is passionate about supporting changemakers: people who are enacting positive change in society. At various points on his journey, Steven will be joined by changemakers of all ages, from primary school children to budding entrepreneurs and social innovators. He will chronicle his daily experiences and tell the stories of those he meets on his blog:

Steven is challenging himself to raise €50,000 for the nonprofit organisation Ashoka Ireland. As an incentive, he has pledged a 1:1 match donation by his company Buchanan Investment Group, doubling the value of every donation.


Ashoka is an international organisation whose mission is to find the most promising, high potential social entrepreneurs, and support them to maximise their impact on a global level. Ashoka gives support through providing finance, pro-bono professional services and access to local and global networks of peers and advisors. Over their 35 year history, Ashoka have supported over 3,000 social entrepreneurs across 87 countries.

Steven and Britta have been supporters of Ashoka in Germany for over 12 years, and have selected Ashoka's Irish office as their nonprofit organisation of choice to receive the donations of this fundraiser.

All proceeds will go directly to Ashoka Ireland to help support and scale the work of our Irish Ashoka Fellows and to contribute to the innovation fund for newly elected social entrepreneurs. For more info visit

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