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Search for Inishowen 'Asthma Youth Champions' 08.03.19

THE Asthma Society of Ireland is calling on primary and post primary schools in Inishowen to get involved in their new Asthma Youth Champions programme. A panel of four young asthma ambassadors from around the country will be created and as part of the programme their thoughts on how asthma services can be bettered for young people will be collated. The asthma Society will also equip these youngsters with the resources and know-how to become 'Asthma Champions' and promote asthma change in their school and community.
Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “Four deserving schools will be chosen, one from each province. From these schools one 'Asthma Champion' will be picked to form a National Asthma Youth Council. The council will be asked to discuss a number of asthma issues that effect young people and ways in which the Asthma Society can improve their services for the youth of today.”
For more information go to www.asthma.ie .
There are a number of supports that the Asthma Society will provide to selected schools:
- Completing an audit of asthma awareness and asthma safety in the school
- An asthma education session delivered by an asthma specialist nurse for teachers and students
- Information booklets, classroom games and STEM engagements, videos and an Asthma Council project planner
- A final information session delivered by students on their Asthma Champion programme of activity.
Loretto Callaghan, Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Asthma Youth Champions programme. 170,000 children in Ireland have asthma. More than one person dies every week in Ireland from asthma. It is extremely important that young people are equipped with the resources necessary to deal with asthma emergencies. It is equally important that these resources have been tailored for young people and that young people have had input in their creation.
We believe that young people will have a crucial role to play in the Asthma Society’s mission to save and improve the lives of people with asthma and it is essential that their voices are heard.”
For more information, on the Asthma Youth Champions programme and how you and your school can get involved, go to www.asthma.ie .
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