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Youth Service takes award home to Donegal 15.07.19

THE Youth Forum at Donegal Youth Service has been awarded the prize for ‘Online Winner’ at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards 2019. The award was given to the group with the most views on YouTube.
The group scooped the award for its short film “Take my Breath Away” which was showcased at the recent event in the Helix in Dublin.
Over 400 young people from 56 youth and community groups across 22 counties showcased their anti-tobacco films in the Helix, Dublin. The groups wrote, directed and starred in their films and worked hard to promote them through events in their communities.
 Grainne McElchar, Ciaran Coyle and Laura Doherty of The Youth Forum at Donegal Youth Service pictured getting their award from Joanne Vance and Sarah Chadwick of the Irish Cancer Society at the X-HALE Youth Awards ceremony at the Helix in Dublin.
Joanne Vance, Community Programmes Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said, “X-HALE is going from strength to strength and this year has seen a record amount of film entries to the competition. I want to congratulate The Youth Forum who submitted a fantastic, thought-provoking film. We are very proud of all the young people and their youth organisations who showcased their films at our national event and promoted their work in their communities.”
“While smoking rates have declined in recent years, there is a still huge amount of work to do to prevent young people from taking up smoking and supporting those who do, to quit. That is why it is so inspiring to see young people coming together to campaign on against tobacco at local, national and European level. Ultimately, we want to see this leading to a completely smoke-free generation,” Vance concluded.
This is the ninth year of the X-HALE programme, a youth smoking prevention initiative of the Irish Cancer Society. The programme aims to de-normalise smoking and encourage young people to drive the movement towards a tobacco free generation.
For further information about X-HALE and to watch the entries visit .
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