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Saturday 30 August 2014

Local students 'Think Big' at workshop

NIAMH AINE RYAN

Published 18/09/2013 | 17:17

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THE O2 headquarters in Dublin hosted this year's 'Think Big' workshop where two sets of Kerry youngsters were among the group that attended on September 12.

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Tralee's Mark Lynch and Graham Nelligan focused on their project, entitled 'SWAG Campaign' which aimed to promote mental health by using the positive attitude encapsulated in the acronym-turned-word 'SWAG' – Strength, Wellness, Awareness and Growth.

Graham is also involved in the second project entitled 'Glow in the Dark Golf' along with Joe Crosbie and Karen Nelligan, who are also from Tralee. Tralee Pitch and Putt Club is also helping with the organisation of this event. This project is intended to encourage other youngsters to come together and connect with one another by joining a fun event, while raising awareness of 'Jigsaw Kerry'.

'Jigsaw Kerry' aims to develop better social opportunities for young people.

Graham, Mark, Joe and Karen were each awarded a place on the national 'Think Big' programme after successfully submitting an idea for a project in their community.

'Think Big' has granted initial funding of €300 to help get each project off the ground, along with a mobile phone with €50 top-up, and a 'Think Big' start-up pack to both groups.

'Think Big' is a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, designed to inspire young people around the country to promote positive mental health in their local community.

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