Girl Support Group Founder Wins Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award

A woman from Passage East in County Waterford received the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award for her work on behalf of adolescent girls. Tammy Darcy founded the nonprofit Shona Project, which will have worked with over 20,000 girls in schools across Ireland by the end of 2021. Over 40,000 girls attended her Shine Festival. last year.

The Shona project also won the Red Cross Innovation for Change award.

At the awards ceremony on Sunday, Irish Red Cross President and former Minister Pat Carey said Ms Darcy had “not only shown extraordinary leadership through the Shona Project, but she also demonstrated tremendous leadership. ‘a measurable and far-reaching positive difference in the lives of others. .

Ms Darcy was’ driven by a vision to help adolescent girls take their rightful place in the world and with that vision she inspired others to make this societal change a reality in schools across Ireland. , India and Africa, ”he said.

Accepting the award, Ms Darcy said her organization was inspired by the illness of her sister Shona, “and being able to share her story with almost 20,000 young women across Ireland has been one of the greatest honors of my life”.

Fight against anxiety

Established in 2016, The Shona Project visits schools across Ireland to encourage girls to be kind to each other, especially to themselves, by addressing anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, boys, family drama, social media, exam stress, hormones, sexuality, relationships, bullying, and the feelings they don’t match.

Climate activist Saoi O’Connor (19) received the Young Humanitarian of the Year award. She launched the Friday Strike for the Future at Cork Town Hall, holding a poster that read “The Emperor Has No Clothes”. She recently attended Cop26 in Glasgow.

Cork climate activist Saoi O’Connor received the Young Humanitarian of the Year award as part of the Irish Red Cross annual humanitarian awards. Photography: Tony Gavin

As announced earlier this month, historian Catherine Corless received the Irish Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. It was presented to him on Sunday in Dublin.

Described as ‘Ireland’s only carbon neutral hotel’, the Doolin hotel in Clare won the Corporate Impact award for its ‘green team project’, while the Digital Charity Lab won the award in the Digital category Influence for providing digital skills to nonprofit organizations.

Journalists Michelle Hennessy and Maria Delaney of won the Excellence in Journalism Award for “Tough Start,” a series on the challenges faced by children in the Traveler community.

Zoey Coffey (4) of Clane, Co Kildare, “ZoZo” to Friends, received a Special Mention for learning and promoting CPR over the past year.

Virginia S. Braud