MEMBERS of the Portlaoise Family Resource Centre youth group recently attended a film-making workshop ahead of their entry to the X-HALE Short Film Festival 2013.
The X-HALE Short Film Festival is an initiative developed by the Irish Cancer Society to encourage young people to take action on the issue of smoking in their own communities through the visual and engaging medium of film. They will spend the next few months preparing their film for entry into the Film Festival which will take place this summer.
All of the youth groups involved in the workshops have received grants from the society to develop their project. In total this year, 31 groups have been supported by the Irish Cancer Society nationwide. The Society has awarded over €100,000 to youth groups and organisations through the X-HALE Youth Awards to create smoking related community awareness projects since the initiative started three years ago.
The Irish Cancer Society is national charity for cancer care in Ireland. They are working to ensure that Ireland has a world class cancer service, fewer people get cancer, through health promotion, cancer prevention, screening and research and that those with cancer will be treated early and will have better survival rates.
Part of the Irish Cancer Society’s young people and smoking Initiative, the X –HALE Youth Awards are designed to generate youth centred, positive, smoke-free initiatives, for young people. They work with young people to address tobacco-related lifestyle issues and support them in the development of positive youth-led activities. The Irish Cancer Society say that they hope to empower young people to take ownership of their own health and make the commitment to smoke-free lifestyles.