Young people from Foróige’s Mahon Youth Project and Glanmire Youth Project in Co. Cork have been on an exciting cultural exchange with teenagers from Hong Kong!
After months of preparation, applications, interviews, paperwork, emails, phone calls, meetings and chasing passports, the Irish delegation of nine young people and three adults set off from Cork to experience a new culture. Adam Peerbux, intern at the Glanmire Youth Project wrote the following account of the trip:
We arrived at our destination to be warmly welcomed by the Hong Kong delegation.
The winner of our #citizenshipchallenge June prize is Luke Kerrigan (14) in Grange Foróige Club, Co. Sligo. Luke organised a Tractor Run with over 100 tractors, raising €4,245 for a local boy requiring medical treatment for a mitochondrial disease. The phenomenal Foróige member set about organising and advertising the Tractor Run, creating signage, approaching the Gardaí, researching fundraising methods, securing raffle prizes and more. On the day itself, Luke welcomed 109 tractor owners!
There was no dampening of the party atmosphere at the 8th annual Band on the Strand in Lacken, Co. Mayo on Saturday 27th June – despite strong winds and rain. In fact, the inclement weather caused the attending partygoers to resolve to party even harder and give it all that they had! Foróige members from all over Ireland attended the event featuring bands The Academic, Everyday Solution, Deuces Wild and Spin Radio DJ Marty Guilfoyle.
This is the third year of the Blanchardstown World Cup. The aim of the initiative is to encourage fair play and respect in sport. Each participating team represents a country and learns about its people, culture and history. This year, the countries represented are all in Eastern Europe including Poland, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Macedonia, Ukraine, Moldova, Albania and Hungary. Fourteen teams took part from many parts of the country including Monaghan, Roscommon and Dublin, with 120 young people involved overall.