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Saturday 19 April 2014

Carlow hopes high for national award

FILMAKERS HIGHLIGHT DANGERS OF SMOKING

More than a quarter of a million people pledged to stub out their last cigarette during the 'Stoptober' anti-smoking campaign

A GROUP of young filmmakers hope to win an award for their short film on the dangers of smoking.

Members of Carlow Regional Youth Service are preparing for the X-HALE Youth Awards 2012 where they will showcase their film project 'Don't be the reason someone else starts smoking' alongside youth groups from across the country. The X-HALE Youth Awards is an initiative developed by the Irish Cancer Society aimed at encouraging young people to address the issue of smoking in their own communities.

'Carlow Regional Youth Service has successfully highlighted the subject of smoking in the local community through their innovative and creative film project,' said Irish Cancer Society Health Promotion Officer, Eimear Cotter.

'We wish them the best of luck at the X-HALE Youth Awards event and encourage everybody to get voting for their favourite film.'

The national event follows months of hard work by the youths in devising and creating their visual masterpieces.

The projects can be viewed online from Friday by visiting www.cancer.ie/xhale- 2012- vote. Carlow people can vote for their local youth group's film via the online voting tool which, alongside the decision of the Irish Cancer Society Judging Panel, will decide the category award they will receive on the night of October 30.

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