Laois group enters national short film competition
Young people from Mountrath Youth Theatre in Laois are calling on their local community to help them win a national award as part of the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards.
This year’s awards have seen a record number of entries from youth groups across Ireland. The group has submitted a film that encourages young people to be smoke free into the X-HALE Short Film Competition. They are calling on people in Laois to show their support and view their film online so they can be in the running to win one of the top awards on offer.
Mountrath Youth Theatre has an opportunity to win the public vote by getting the most views of their short film. They want people in Laois to log on to www.cancer.ie/xhale2019 and view their films between now and July 2.
The groups will also be running a community campaign to drum up local support and the entry with the most views will win the Online Award, which also includes a prize for the youth group.
Sarah Chadwick, Cancer Prevention Officer at the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are absolutely delighted with the entry from Laois this year, and with all that the young people have achieved. They have educated themselves about smoking, learned new skills and worked together to create a smoking prevention film that will inform and inspire young people across Ireland and beyond.
“Groups like Mountrath Youth Theatre are leading the way in the movement towards a tobacco free Ireland and in doing so, improving the health of their local communities. We are now asking everyone in Laois to show their support for their local group by watching and sharing the X-HALE 2019 playlist,” Ms Chadwick concluded.
X-HALE is a smoking prevention project of the Irish Cancer Society which aims to denormalise smoking and encourage young people to drive the moment towards a tobacco free generation.
The society works with youth organisations across the country, supporting them to explore and take on issues around smoking in their local communities. X-HALE empowers young people to become leaders in their communities and help prevent other young people from smoking.
Since 2011, The Irish Cancer Society has awarded approximately €160,000 in grants to support youth groups nationwide. This year saw increased funding to local groups as a result of an EU Health Award win in November 2018.
For further information about X-HALE and to watch the entries visit www.cancer.ie/xhale. Follow the X-HALE Facebook Page www.facebook.com/
XHaleYouthAwards and join the X-HALE conversation using the #xhale2019.