The Irish Cancer Society is inviting young people and youth groups in Leitrim to be part of Ireland’s Tobacco-Free generation and get involved in this year’s X-HALE short film competition. This is an exciting opportunity for budding Leitrim filmmakers aged 10-24, to help spread the word about the impact of smoking and encourage their friends, family and community to be smoke free.
Through X-HALE, the Society provides funding and training to youth groups around the country to encourage young people to address tobacco use and empower them to take action in their communities by making a short film about the impact of smoking. The closing date for applications for funding is Wednesday, February 28 and film entries will be accepted until Wednesday, May 23.
Sarah Chadwick, Cancer Prevention Officer at the Irish Cancer Society said, "Our 2018 training and funding opportunities are now open for applications and we want youth organisations across Ireland to get involved and drive the movement towards establishing Ireland’s first smoke free generation.
"The success of the X-HALE programme highlights the potential that is there within communities for young people most affected by tobacco use and their supporting organisations to drive change around tobacco at local, national and international level."
Loren, from Stoneybatter Community Training Centre, participated in the 2016 X-HALE Programme. She said, "I feel very proud because I stood up in front of others and told them about how I used to be a smoker and how I became a non-smoker. The messages in the programme definitely stuck with me and I encourage all my friends not to smoke or try to give up."