Nenagh Community Training Centre take prize home to Tipperary following Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards

Nenagh Community Training Centre has been awarded Overall Senior Runner Up at the Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards 2017. The group scooped the award for its short film “To Smoke is a Joke” which was showcased at the recent event in the Odeon Cinema in the Point Village in Dublin.

Fethard & Killenaule Youth Project, Tipperary Youth Project and St. Bridget’s Guides Clonmel also entered short films to the competition and were at the awards ceremony on the day.

Nenagh Community Training Centre take prize home to Tipperary following Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards

2364 – 166 Members of Nenagh Community Training Centre getting their Overall Senior Runner-Up award at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards 2017. Pictured with John McCormack, Irish Cancer Society CEO and Doireann Garrihy, MC and Spin 1038 Presenter.

Over 300 young people from 40 youth and community groups came together to showcase their anti-tobacco films and projects which they have created to contribute towards establishing Ireland’s first smoke-free generation.

While the rate of smoking has seen declines in recent years, 8% (or approximately 40,260) of children and young people between the ages of 10 and 17 are using tobacco. The Irish Cancer Society has said is it vital that this generation of young people give the biggest blow to cancer possible – by not starting to smoke or by getting support to quit.

Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “I would like to congratulate Nenagh Community Training Centre on winning their prize and for making a positive impact on their health and that of their peers. They have been recognised at this awards ceremony for exceptional effort in their project.

“We need to look at what Nenagh Community Training Centre, Fethard & Killenaule Youth Project, Tipperary Youth Project, St. Bridget’s Guides Clonmel and the rest of the #TheXGeneration are saying. They can be Ireland’s first smoke-free generation and they are telling us in their own way about the dangers of smoking and they are confident enough to share this message with their peers. They are educated on the issue of smoking and are refusing to let their health be affected by tobacco.”

Nenagh Community Training Centre take prize home to Tipperary following Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards

2364 – 039 Members of the Tipperary Youth Project pictured at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards 2017. Back – Lisa McGrath, Brendan Fahy, Avgi Massi and front – Paige Duffy, Trinity Murnane, Chloe Leonard, Helena Walsh, Sophie Quinlan, Faith Ryan, Emma Roche

X-HALE is an initiative of the Irish Cancer Society which aims to empower young people to work towards reducing smoking among their generation, by raising awareness about the dangers of smoking and encouraging their peers to be smoke free.  Since its inception in 2011,X-HALE has awarded over €140,000 to youth groups and organisations through X-HALE to create smoking related community awareness film projects since the initiative started over seven years ago.

The winners of the 2017 X-HALE Youth Awards are listed below. For further information on X-HALE visit www.cancer.ie/xhale and to watch the X-HALE entries visit www.cancer.ie/xhale2017.

Follow the X-HALE conversation using the #TheXGeneration, go to the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/XHaleYouthAwards or the Tumblr blog www.thexgenerationxhale.tumblr.com

 

About the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards

Nenagh Community Training Centre take prize home to Tipperary following Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards

2364 – 087 Pictured with Doireann Garrihy at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards were Caoimhe Keeley, Shauna Burke, Caitlin Greene and Lara O’Brien from St. Bridget’s Guides Clonmel.

X-HALE is a youth smoking prevention initiative of the Irish Cancer Society which aims to de-normalise smoking and encourage young people to drive the movement towards a tobacco free generation.

This is the seventh year of the X-HALE Youth Awards and smoking rates among young people continue to decline.  In 2017, 40 youth groups from around the country are participating in the initiative. The Society has awarded over €140,000 to youth groups and organisations through X-HALE to create smoking related community awareness film projects since the initiative started over seven years ago.

Entries submitted show that young people truly understand the dangers of smoking and the power of the tobacco industry.

Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards – 2017 Winners
Category Winners
Overall Senior Category Short Film Competition Winner (Prize donated by Bank of Ireland) Edenderry Youth Café- Don’t Let Yourself Rot from the Inside Out
Overall Junior Category Short Film Competition Winner (Prize donated by Bank of Ireland)  

Bounce Back Youth Services- Wrong Choices

Short Film Competition Senior Category  Runner Up Nenagh Community Training Centre- To Smoke is a Joke
Short Film Competition Junior Category  Runner Up Attic House Teen Project- Ex-hale
Community Campaign Winner Club Óg Ógras Baile Uí Thuaidhg- Ná Bac Le Tabac

 

Online Competition Winner (most views on YouTube) Southill Club2gether Youth Project Limerick-Smoking Changes Your Life
Judges Choice Winner Poppintree Youth Project- Live Your Life
Most Convincing Smoking Prevention Film Fountain Youth Project- Peer Pressure
Best Smoke Free Generation Message The Youth Booth Ballinrobe- Ditch the Fags
Best Impact of Tobacco Message Dun Laoighaire Community Training Centre- Smokey’s Story
Best Smoking Infuences Message Corofin Foroige- Voices
Best Actress Ellen Carroll- YWI Monaghan Castleblayney Youth Café- The Cigarette Assassin
Best Actor Craig Smith- Foroige Ferrybank Waterford-Clearing the Smoke
Best Social Media Post of the day Youth Work Ireland Monaghan
Best Blogging Group Blanchardstown Community Training Centre- I Told You So

 

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