Congratulations to the members of the NEKD Castleisland based ‘Our Fight for Positive Thinking’ group pictured at the launch of their T-Shirt campaign at headquarters at the end of November.
On Friday night they were presented with the Voluntary Group Award at the annual Garda Youth Achievement Award in association with Lee Strand. The awards were presented at a special function at Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee.
The Kerry Division of An Garda Síochána holds its award ceremony for young people between the ages of 14 years and 19 years annually.
The aim is to recognise the contribution young people have made and continue to make in their respective communities throughout the county.
Awards are considered for nominated young people, who, through their efforts have made their communities a better place in which to live.
It is to honour the outstanding achievements of the late Donal Walsh that Lee Strand and the Kerry Garda Siochána have named the Overall Winner’s Award the ‘Donal Walsh Livelife Award’. Donal was no stranger to the Lee Strand / Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards and had received a distinction award 2010 and a Merit award 2012.
Jennifer O’Sullivan-Coffey is the facilitator and spokesperson for the Castleisland teenagers and she spoke of their delight at the award.
“They are over the moon with the award. To be honest with you they’re full of enthusiasm for the project anyway but this kind of recognition this will just drive them more,” said Jennifer. The weeks of February are going to be busy for the group as they plan an information evening at the end of the month. They also intend to reveal their ‘Information Wall’ at the Sliabh Luachra Boxing Club.
“They’re particularly pleased that it’s all about young people teaching young people and that’s where the sense of empowerment and enthusiasm comes from. The have learned that you’re never too young to become a role model for your peers – and that’s very important to them,” said Jennifer.