‘In April 2013 I came Runner-up at the UnLtd Entrepreneurship Awards in Manchester, winning the appropriately titled 365 WAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD – How to make a difference, one day at a time by Michael Norton.
In December 2012 I won funding through the UnLtd Award HE Programme at Sheffield Hallam University for my passion, commitment and ideas to develop Dan Aid as a Social Enterprise. I received this welcome news, as I was preparing for my son, Dan’s, tenth anniversary of passing.
I work tirelessly to raise awareness and educate young people about the dangers of body piercing, and gaining appreciation and recognition for that work, through UnLtd is an amazing achievement; although I feel in many respects, my journey is only just really beginning. The help, support and advice offered to me from UnLtd and the Sheffield Business School has been outstanding.
Winning this award was a most fitting tribute to mark this most poignant date and has given me the incentive, drive and determination, to continue with my quest to change the world, one school at a time!’
Christina J Anderson, Founder & Director, Dan Aid
UnLtd are proud to invest in and support Christina, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University through the HE Support Programme, to develop Dan Aid. This is a vital and compelling campaign which Christina is seeking to address through developing effective tools and methods with a professional and dedicated approach. Reaching out to challenge perceptions and train and empower others to create social change for the better is exactly what our awards are for, and we wish her every success in this work.
Nickala Torkington, Partnership and Support Manager – UnLtd
As Christina’s mentor, I have been privileged to participate in her transformation of Dan Aid from a good idea supported by charitable contributions into a viable enterprise guided by social enterprise values and principles. The value of Dan Aid’s curriculum materials has been established by many teachers who advised and tested them throughout their development. Now, as a social enterprise, a much wider group of schools – and more importantly children – will be able to benefit. Not only can they learn about the immediate dangers of body piercing, they can engage in a broader debate on the ethics of unregulated private enterprise that exploits the ignorance of customers for profit.
Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Senior Lecturer in Co-operative and Social Enterprise, Sheffield Business School
This year Christina Anderson, one of our final year undergraduate students, applied for and successfully received funding through the UnLtd HE Support Programme at Sheffield Hallam University. It has been a great pleasure working with Christina, the development of the Dan Aid Body Piercing Teaching Resource Pack throughout 2013 has been vitally important in raising awareness to young people of the risks associated with body piercing and body modification.
Darren Chouings, Student Development Coordinator, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union
Our mission is to reach out and unleash the potential of individuals who want to change the world in which they live. We call these people social entrepreneurs.
UnLtd – The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs