Foróige has secured a national bag pack with Tesco, across all 101 of their stores, on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of September this year. The bag pack has been organised to help generate funding for our clubs and projects throughout the country. We hope too that the bag packing initiative will also create more awareness of Foróige in Ireland. Please support our bag packers and our cause on these dates and look out for our purple t-shirts and branded buckets! Thank you.
Jana Hargrove is a Youth Work student from Melbourne, Australia. Over the course of the summer, she gained valuable skills volunteering with Foróige in the Ballyshannon/Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project in Co. Donegal as part of a student placement. Project Worker Caroline Cooke was her supervisor.
Bravo to Ballineen Foróige in Co. Cork who have planned a seriously cool festival to renew community spirit as part of their Foróige Citizenship project! The ‘Le Chéile Festival’ will take place from Friday August 23rd to Sunday August 25th. The club have put tremendous effort into creating a superb line up thanks to the fundraising efforts they’ve carried out all year. Highlights include Jack & Cormac from Britain’s Got Talent, children’s fancy dress party, Heritage Walk and Talk, comedy hypnotist Adrian Knight, family outdoor cinema, opening of €250,000 playground by special guest Joanne O'Riordan, Cork circus entertainment, Beat the Keeper Competition with Eoin O'Donovan from 'Football's Next Star' and 'The Gathering' music and entertainment.
When people say to me “What is Albert?” , my whole inside warms up with joy and happiness but also with frustration. I know I will never be able to describe the amazing, life- changing experience we call Albert. It’s indescribable! However I am going to do my level best to try describe it here.
My name is Adrienne Walsh and I’m a member of Kitimagh Foróige Club and also FAYZ Foróige club in Mayo. I have been a member of Foróige for the past five years. It’s only been in the past few years that I have really understood the opportunities Foróige has to offer. In September 2011, I was elected Chairperson of my Foróige Club. Now as I was on the committee it was my responsibility to attend officer training and regional conferenceS representing my Club.
Stetsons and cowboy boots were out in full force on Friday 26th July as Westmeath ‘Friends of Foróige’ hosted a very memorable Barn Dance Fundraiser! The ‘Friends’ group are comprised of former Club members, former and present Club Leaders and supporters of Foróige. The night was a tremendous success with over 100 cowboys in attendance and approx €1,500 was raised.
A BBQ (with meat kindly sponsored by local butchers) and raffle (prizes included breaks in The Hudson Bay, the Bloomfield Hotel and the Radison, Athlone). Friends of Foróige volunteers Veronica Daly, Bernie McHugh, Noreen Dunlea, Sarah Boland, Rita Egan, Gary Nugent and Fiona Boland all deserve a massive Thank You for their time and commitment to Foróige.
300 young people from all over the world have attended one of Foróige’s flagship events, the Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Conference with delegates coming from South Korea, Nigeria, Palestine, Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK, USA and India. Speakers included Louise Phelan of Paypal, Kenneth Egan the Olympic Champion boxer, Dr. Mary Redmond who is the Founder of the The Wheel and the Hospice Foundation, Dominic Jude who is Entrepreneur and has scaled Mount Everest, Martina Harford the Chief Executive at The Educational Company of Ireland and Marina Donoghue who is Head of Education at Enterprise Ireland.