Release date: 16 March 2007
Cork students will be applauded this Friday, 16th March for raising awareness and money for HIV and AIDS projects at an event to take place at 2pm in Ballincollig Community School, Cork.
During Friday’s photocall, the transition year students at Ballincollig Community School will present a cheque of money they have raised to support HIV and AIDS projects in both Cork and Kenya. The students were moved to action following their involvement in the Dance4Life Ireland Schools Project which took place in November.
The money will be accepted on behalf of the projects by Deputy Simon Coveney MEP. The local MEP will also speak to the students about his experiences in witnessing the devastation caused by the AIDS pandemic in the Global South and the importance of young people taking up the fight to protect not only themselves but also their peers throughout the world.
The event will also feature the first ever airing of a short DVD documenting the 2006 Dance4Life Ireland Project.
“The Dance4Life initiative is not about lecturing to young people. It is based on their involvement, and that is why it has proved so popular. With over 6,000 young people between 15-24 infected with HIV every day this group is most at risk but we want the young to become leaders, instead of targets. That is why we are delighted to celebrate the actions of the transition year students at Ballincollig Community School.” Karen Griffin, Dance4Life Ireland Coordinator.
For more information on the project, see https://www.dance4life.com/