It’s fair to say that 2019 is going to be a big year for the
Late Late Show host, Ryan Tubridy and Cool FM star, Pete Snodden, were on hand at our launch events in Dublin and Lisburn to welcome fresh applications for this year and celebrate the achievements of the fund’s recipients from years gone by. Of course, we thought it a great idea to head down ourselves and hear more from the pair – plus many others – on why the Thank You Fund is still so influential, nine years after it first began.
“It’s so important that young people are involved in projects that will empower them to become confident leaders of the future,” said Tubridy. “They need to be supported to bring about change and the
Operated in partnership with The Irish Youth Foundation and Youth Action Northern Ireland, the
At the launch event in Lisburn, Pete Snodden was joined by the Mary Peters Trust, a fund supporting Northern Ireland’s athletes that became a Thank You Fund beneficiary last year. “The grant awarded to the Mary Peter Trust, and indeed all of last year’s winners, has the capacity to change the lives of young people who may otherwise have lost their way,” he said. “I’ve had the great privilege of seeing the
Over in Dublin, Ryan Tubridy was similarly joined by 2018 winner, Children’s Books Ireland. Last year, this project, which works to re-engage teenagers living in emergency accommodation with books and reading, received €10,000 from the
This year, grants totaling €100,000 will be awarded to projects under the categories of education and training, diversity and inclusion in young people, and those with an innovative approach to demonstrating sustainability. Applications for funding can be made at www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou until midnight on Friday 12 July.
Once that deadlines passes, the applications will be reviewed and whittled down to a shortlist of 20. Leaders of those shortlisted projects will then be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges in September. And, back by popular demand, a ‘People’s Choice Award’ will also form part of the 2019 Thank You Fund. This invites members of the public to vote for their favourite project among the final 20 shortlisted.
The winners of the
Also, at the launch event in Dublin was Petre Sandru, Country Manager,
Witnessing the empowering work done by the Thank You Fund first hand, Tubridy encouraged community leaders across the island of Ireland to put their ideas into action and apply for funding: “If you’ve an idea for a project that will inspire young people in your local area, I’d encourage you to check out the
So, why not go ahead and do exactly that? If you’re part of a worthy project, or if you’ve simply got a good idea for one, follow this link and apply!
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