Category Archives: Fundraising

Join our team for Santa Dash this December

This Sunday, on a freezing cold December morning we have an amazing team of people running along a beach dressed as Santa, helping us raise money for teenagers in Dublin.


We believe that teenagers across Dublin can make a difference in their communities. Our RISE Leadership and Mentoring programmes, which develop teenagers’ leadership skills are growing and we need your help to continue that growth. Over the last few years, we have worked with hundreds of teenagers in a variety of schools and youth programmes and now we want to expand our service to reach even more teens across Dublin and beyond.SD2013

As we work to develop RISE into an online resource we need you to partner with us. We’re asking if you can  support our team as they run on December 4th as part of the Santa Dash. We want to encourage them to reach the finish line in one piece, beard still intact!

You can do this by donating on our fundraising page here and also by sharing this link with your friends and family.

Thank you for your support in helping us achieve our dream of seeing more teenagers become leaders of hope and positive change in their communities.


Four Peaks Challenge Complete!

Slieve Donard, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon…

Several pairs of socks

Lots of mist

Some very wet waterproofs

Snatches of sleep in the Yaris while in transit between climbs

Around 20 litres of water and energy drinks

One phenomenal driver, encourager and cake provider

All in less than 41 hours.

From a gloriously sunny start at the foot of Donard, our first summit started a pattern that would become familiar -mist and poor visibility at the top of every mountain we climbed!  At Ben Nevis the mist and rain certainly overcame some of our waterproofs as tired legs made it back to Emma and the waiting Yaris by torchlight at midnight. The next morning, after Emma had driven us through the night down to the Lake district, more fresh socks went into the damp boots from Scotland as we set off on another glorious morning. The mist descended as we scrambled up the scree face of Scaffel Pike and cleared again for some sunshine at the summit – and a much easier path down. Our final climb was Snowdon, again we started in glorious sunshine and reached a summit clouded in mist. The satisfaction of the Snowdon peak is slightly tempered by the train station 50m away! As darkness descended and head torches came back into use we arrived back to the car park, the trusty Yaris and Emma’s DIY celebratory four peaks cake!
Thank you to all who encouraged and sponsored our team of interpret climbers on our first ever Innovista Four Peaks Challenge. Thanks to the generosity of those who sponsored us we raised €2500 that will equip young leaders across Ireland with the skills and character to bring hope and change to their communities.

We had such a great time we are considering doing it all again next year – if you would be interested in joining us contact us at

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4 Peaks, 4 Countries, 48 Hours..

4 Peaks
48 hours
1,232 miles to drive in the car
4,220 metres high to climb on foot
€1,800 to raise to help leaders change their communities

What a way to spend a weekend…

On 16-17 July, Andy, Niall and Sam will be climbing Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland), Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales) in less than 48 hours to raise some money for Innovista. We’ll be trying to catch sleep in the car, while our trusty driver Emma will race against the clock to catch a ferry, and drive through the night to transport us from mountain to mountain.

So please, dig deep and make a donation to make it worth our while!
You can give at or, if you live in the UK, gift aid your donation at 

Andy and Emma have taken part in Innovista’s Tempo leadership development programme. Sam started Innovista in Ireland seven years ago and ropes Niall (his brother-in-law) into a variety of crazy fundraising and adventure escapades.

We want to help Innovista train young leaders to make their communities better places. Because when leadership is bad, the whole of society does badly – whether that’s a business, charity, church or political party. But when leadership is good, the whole of society benefits. So if we can raise some money to make good leaders who want to make their communities better, then we can have a big impact – for young people in inner city Dublin, for young mums from tough backgrounds in the north, for teenagers who want to see good news stories in their towns (just some of the projects leaders trained by Innovista run in their local communities).

So go on: you don’t have to climb any peaks, but you can donate a few euro/pounds for this worthy cause.

Thank you!

Four Peaks Challenge

Slieve Donard, Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike and Snowdon. In 48 hours.
Now that is a challenge!

Probably the biggest one we have taken on as a fundraiser to date.

On 16-17 July Innovista Ireland and Innovista International are hoping to have a few five-person teams (four walkers and one driver) from across the UK and Ireland take on this challenge (and raise some money at the same time). We are looking for willing participants.

Would you be interested in taking up the challenge? (Click a response below or email

Read someone else’s experience of doing it here.

If you would like a less exhausting, more fun way of helping fundraise for Innovista, we will be entering a team in Runamuck again this year on 24 September.

Running for RISE

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In just a few weeks, a dozen of us will be running through mud and obstacles in Runamuck to help raise support for our RISE Leadership and Mentoring Programme.

Our RISE Leadership Programme began 4 years ago after seeing and hearing the hopelessness in Dublin teenagers’ lives. They voiced a lack of positive thinking about their communities, their feelings that nothing would ever change, and their trouble dreaming of a better future. RISE’s vision is to help equip young teens to become sources of hope in their communities. Hope for a future that is better than what exists now. 2013-11-23 15.24.26Hope for not only their own futures but also, hope for those around them who they go to school with, live with, and call their neighbours.

IMG_4817The programme challenges the young people to think about what it means to be a leader, what qualities make up a good leader, and if they themselves have some of these qualities. The programme then stretches them to look at their community, what they like and do not like about it. They then pick a community initiative to implement positive change. We have seen teenage boys make an anti-bullying video, transition year girls collect bags and bags of clothes for the homeless, a youth group wanting to better encourage those younger than them, and many many more amazingly inspiring projects.

DSCN0584We have facilitated our RISE Leadership
Programme in James Street CBS, a Ballymun youth group, Mount Carmel Secondary School, Mercy Secondary School, St. Catherine’s Church youth group, Ozanam House youth club, and Newpark Comprehensive School. We piloted the RISE Mentoring Programme this past spring in Mount Carmel Secondary School which went very well with great feedback from the mentees and mentors. We are excited to see how RISE continues to grow.

To see it grow, watch this space for more information or email Anne at with any questions.

Help it grow by GIVING HERE. ~

Will you join us in the mud at Runamuck 2015?

On 17 October 12 (so far but we’re looking for more!) intrepid adventurers will be tackling the 5km or 10km of mud and obstacles that is Runamuck in County Kildare. Will you join us?

With around 4000 people taking part Runamuck is great fun and also a great opportunity to raise funds for our RISE programme – providing mentoring and leadership training to teenagers in inner city Dublin.

All we ask is that you commit to raise at least €50 and pay your entrance fee (around €25-€30). If you raise over €120 we’ll refund your entrance fee.

We are aiming to raise €1000. Will you join us by taking on the challenge?

The early booking discount ends on 31 August so if you are interested contact before then!

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Once more into the mud!

1958174_10153343428285639_2281106369811046402_nOn Saturday a team of 12 volunteers will be tackling the mud and obstacles of Runamuck in County Kildare.

We’re hoping to raise €1000 towards our pilot RISE mentoring programme with young people in the inner city.

You can support our fundraisers by giving via