By Stephen Cadogan
IFAJ sponsor Alltech received blanket coverage throughout the Irish media in September for the company’s role in bringing boxing legend Muhammad Ali to Ireland where he visited the birthplace of his great grandfather Abe Grady. Ali was made the first Honorary Freeman of Ennis, a small town in County Clare.
He also took part in “An Evening with the Greatest,” an event in Dublin to raise funds for the Alltech-Muhammad Ali Center Global Education and Charitable Fund, recently established to carry out community-based humanitarian and educational programs.
The fund’s goals are to provide leadership and character education; educational scholarships for arts, natural science and humanitarian endeavours, elementary school science labs, relief and support during world crises; and to encourage the pursuit of excellence and personal greatness.
The trip also raised awareness of the Muhammad Ali Center, in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, USA, which carries out the global icon’s humanitarian work.
“The Champ” travelled on to Britain to make a special appearance at an Alltech World Equestrian Games gala night. He was accompanied throughout his visit by Irishman Dr Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech.
Alltech sponsors the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Awards which provide travel scholarships for young members to help them attend the IFAJ congress.