Ballinaglera – based organisation, Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI), has won third Prize in a national competition.
The competition, was entitled “Pay It Forward” and was designed to publicise 20 years of the European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme.
Three EVS volunteers, together with young local film-maker, Barry Gilmartin, made a really excellent short video to show the world what life is like for volunteers in Co Leitrim and the benefits they gained by spending a year here.
For the past four years, GEAI has hosted young European volunteers to help with local campaigns against fracking and work on raising awareness about climate change and the challenges facing Ireland as well as the rest of the world. The scheme is funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme, which pays for travel, accommodation and food for those young people.
“We are really delighted with our success”, said Aedín McLoughlin, EVS coordinator. “This video was very much an initiative of the volunteers themselves who got together with Barry Gilmartin from Ballinaglera to plan the whole thing. It is a huge credit to all the young people involved who showed so clearly the benefits of the EVS scheme and I am thrilled that Barry got the recognition he deserved.”
The video can be viewed above, on Facebook (Good Energies Alliance Ireland) or here.