The 2018 Gerry Moyne National Youth Challenge took place in Gormanston, Co. Meath on Saturday 7th of April. It was attended by over 250 youth members, youth leaders and National Youth Working Group members.
The Youth Challenge is a day focused on teamwork, integration, friendship and networking and offers IRCY members from all over the country a chance to come together for a friendly and fun competition.
This year’s theme was “We Are One” which explores Irish Red Cross’ connection to all other National Societies in the IFRC and also our bond with the other strands of Irish Red Cross: Health & Social Care and Units/First Aid. The purpose of the theme was to show that, as per the Fundamental Principals of Unity and Universality, we are a single group driven by our desire to carry out humanitarian work and that all aspects are equally important and valid.
Participants from various branches are divided into teams with a mix of ages and genders and must work together for the day to compete a number of challenge stations with activities such as relay races, obstacle courses, dance competitions and other tests of skill and speed. Teams get extra points for teamwork and supporting each other. Each year participants form bonds and make lasting friendships with friends from all over the country who share their interest in humanitarian work.
After a very slippery, wet and hilarious grand finale obstacle course, teams are treated to a delicious hot lunch before the closing ceremony, prize-giving and traditional IRCY Disco with “DJ RoRox” (aka Branch Youth Officer Ronan Gannon, Claremorris Branch).
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