Saturday 16 December 2017

Young social innovators get their day

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

There will be a national day for missing people each year after a campaign by a group of determined students ended in success yesterday.

'Forget Me Not', a project by students of Davis College, in Summerhill, Mallow, Co Cork, yesterday won first prize in the Young Social Innovators 2012 awards.

The project beat a number of innovations, including an anti-fluoride campaign and a campaign to introduce braille to menus for blind people.

Josie McGrath (16), one of the students who worked on the successful project, said that they had followed the idea from the school's work in the competition last year.

However, she said that all of the promotional ideas and projects were completely original.

"We are absolutely overwhelmed, all of our hard work has paid off," she said yesterday after the group scooped the prize.

Placing a massive billboard in Dublin's Merrion Square in support of a day for missing people was among the initiatives they undertook.

The project also involved gathering 12,000 signatures and meeting politicians, including President Michael D Higgins and a joint Oireachtas committee.

Irish Independent

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