On Thursday 19th March some TY young Social Innovators left Killarney behind for the Convention Centre at Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny. They were there to participate in the Speak Out event where students from around the country get to have their say on the issues closest to their hearts and demonstrate what they have done to change their communities. For the Sem boys, the most pressing issue was that of animal cruelty.ysi 2

The day started with the students getting to meet, and have their pictures taken with Sr Stan and Brian Cody. Then the two guests of honour addressed the young innovators, with Brian Cody exhorting them to speak out and to ‘look out for each other. ‘. Sr Stan told them, ‘ Don’t let anyone tell you not to speak out. You must speak out. You are the voice for people on the margins. We trust the future to you. Yoysiysi 3u are the kind of people who will bring change. ‘ After this inspirational speech, the presentations began.

First up for St Brendan’s was Battle Against Animal Cruelty Kerry, (BAACK). Kevin Heavy, Niall O Riordan. And Luke Murphy told the assembly about the app they are developing to help people report cases of animal cruelty. Our next group,  Animal Cruelty in Kerry,  proved themselves to be a veritable powerhouse of action, telling their peers about the surveys, voluntary work, donations and non-uniform day they had organised. David Kenny, Cian A O Sullivan and Cathal Hickey proudly displayed the cheque for 510 euro which they raised for the ISPCA as part of their project.

Alot was learned about the value of hard work in bringing about social change. A good day with was had by all. Thank you to all involved.

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