Young people from Mountrath Youth Theatre are calling on their local community to help them win a national award as part of the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards.
This year’s awards have seen a record number of entries from youth groups across Ireland.
The group has submitted a film that encourages young people to be smoke free into the X-HALE Short Film Competition.
They are calling on people in Laois to show their support and view their film online so they can be in the running to win one of the top awards on offer.
Mountrath Youth Theatre has an opportunity to win the public vote by getting the most views of their short film.
They want people in Laois to log on to here and view their films between now and July 2.
The groups will also be running a community campaign to drum up local support and the entry with the most views will win the Online Award, which also includes a prize for the youth group.
Sarah Chadwick, Cancer Prevention Officer at the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are absolutely delighted with the entry from Laois this year, and with all that the young people have achieved.
“They have educated themselves about smoking, learned new skills and worked together to create a smoking prevention film that will inform and inspire young people across Ireland and beyond.
“Groups like Mountrath Youth Theatre are leading the way in the movement towards a tobacco free Ireland and in doing so, improving the health of their local communities.
“We are now asking everyone in Laois to show their support for their local group by watching and sharing the X-HALE 2019 playlist,” Chadwick concluded.