Cormac leads fight against young bullies
A Wicklow schoolboy is leading the fight against bullying with a new Irish Red Cross Youth campaign entitled 'Don't be a bully, be a buddy!'
13-year-old Cormac Gilnagh has joined with six other Irish Red Cross Youth members, all under 18 years old, to form an Anti-Bullying Sub-group tasked with creating resources that help young people tackle bullying.
The Anti-Bullying Sub-group was convened to lead the campaign on behalf of Irish Red Cross Youth, following a motion in which 150 young volunteers from all over Ireland voiced their ambition to combat bullying. The campaign is 100 per cent youth led with all content, resources and plans being created by the sub-group themselves.
Speaking at the recent launch of the campaign, Cormac explained why he got involved. 'Every day in every primary and secondary school in this country someone is being bullied through no fault of theirs. This type of bullying normally takes the form of name calling, being called horrible names, and even being referred to by derogatory terms.'
To come up with a name for the campaign the sub-group ran a slogan competition encouraging members of Irish Red Cross Youth to submit their ideas. The winning slogan 'Don't be a bully, be a buddy!' will appear on t-shirts, posters and a new information resource which the sub-group has created for distribution to branches, schools and to the public.
The information resource comes in the form of a wallet-sized card, which folds out to reveal useful tips for those who find themselves or their friends the target of bullies. These tips include how to recognise a bully, how to recognise if you are being a bully and how to be a buddy. It also provides contact information for other organisations that help victims of bullying. The sub-group now plans to send out the resource card to schools around Ireland to assist teachers and students in combating bullying in their areas. They also plan to visit groups and schools.