The NWRDATF have secured funding through the Healthy Ireland Leitrim Fund to launch a social media campaign ‘’Use Your Brain Not Your Fists’’ which will continue to highlight the devastating effects that a random act of violence can have on both the victim and the perpetrator. This all came about at an Annual General Meeting in 2017, where over one hundred young people from Leitrim Comhairle na nOg gathered and identified issues that were impacting young people from their community, in particular, instances of random acts of violence and the lack of education and awareness around the devastating effects it can have on the victim, the perpetrator and the community. In light of this, they identified that an educational video to support An Garda Síochána’s national campaign entitled “Use Your Brain Not Your Fists” should be produced to highlight the effects it can have on a young person’s life. They met with Rosie Dolan, whose son Andrew was killed in an unprovoked attack on a night out. The Grogan family also became involved as their son Shane was injured in an unprovoked assault in 2012. The Dolan and Grogan families in conjunction with Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma worked with Loch Bo Film Production to make our thought-provoking video. Please like and share with your networks.
The Healthy Ireland Fund is supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
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