Members of Attic House Teen Project getting their Overall Junior Runner-Up award at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards 2017.
Attic House Teen Project from Longford has been awarded Overall Junior Runner Up at the Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards 2017.
The group scooped the award for its short film “Ex-Hale” which was showcased at the recent event in the Odeon Cinema in the Point Village, Dublin.
Fellow Longford group Phoenix Youth and Community Centre also entered a short film to the competition.
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 Attic House Teen Project 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 Attic House Teen Project, Phoenix Youth and Community Centre 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.”
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. For further information visit www.cancer.ie/xhale t www.cancer.ie/xhale2017.