Gateway Youth Project calls for local support in X-HALE Youth Awards

Young people from the Gateway Youth Project in Athlone are calling on their local community to help them win a national award as part of the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards.

The group has submitted its film, that encourages young people to be 'smoke-free', into the 2017 X-HALE Short Film Competition. They are calling on people to view their film online so they can be in the running to win one of the top awards on offer.

Ahead of the X-HALE national event, which will take place in July, Gateway Youth Project has an opportunity to win the public vote by getting the most views of their short film.

In addition to promoting their films online during this time, the groups will be running a community campaign to drum up local support by putting up posters and organising screenings of their film. The entry with the most views will win the Online Award and the prize of an electronics voucher for their youth group.

X-HALE is an initiative of the Irish Cancer Society that aims to empower young people to tackle smoking in their communities and raise awareness about the dangers of smoking among their peers.

The X-HALE Youth Awards national showcase event in the Odeon Cinema Point Village in July will be the finale of months of hard work by youth groups nationwide in preparing short films and projects to encourage young people to be smoke-free.

Log on to and view Gateway Youth Project films between now and June 28.

For further information about X-HALE and to watch the entries visit



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