Thirteen projects awarded funding by the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund will support the development of self-esteem and confidence, wellbeing, and leadership in young people across the island of Ireland.
Coca‑Cola has awarded €130,000 to community groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland for a series of innovative projects which will support and inspire young people. Extern Limerick received €30,000 from the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund for its Jumping Hurdles Horse Project, which will equip young people across Limerick City with the competencies to seek and gain employment in the equine sector.
Extern will work with ten young people over two years, equipping them with stable management and equitation expertise, and helping them to develop confidence and life skills such as team work and time management.
The response we received to the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund in 2016 was the strongest in some years, which shows that the appetite and enthusiasm is there for helping our young people fulfil their potential. Thank you to everyone who entered the Fund this year – the contribution you make in the lives of young people every day across local communities is immensely valued Matthieu Seguin, General Manager, Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern ireland
Seven not-for-profit groups will receive €10,000 each for initiatives including a dedicated online support platform for young people run by Turn2Me. On Inishbofin, Co. Galway, local craftsmen will work with the young people of the island to build four currachs, keeping a vital skill alive for the next generation. Classes focused on building leadership skills will also be offered to the young people by Inishbofin Community Services Programme.
Sports Against Racism Ireland has received funding for its Diverse City Soccernites Young Leader Programme. This is a series of free weekly soccer classes for 120 young women of all backgrounds in Dublin’s inner city that will run in tandem with a certified Young Leader Programme that challenges prejudices and promotes cultural integration and active citizenship.
An additional six organisations will each receive €5,000 for programmes such as a University Mentorship Project from Junior Chamber International, and a young people's media project focused on confidence building and personal development through radio production and presentation from Tramore Community Radio.
The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund is delivered in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation and Youth Action Northern Ireland.
The best way to reach young people and help them acquire skills that they will use throughout their lives is by getting them involved with groups that serve their passions. These projects funded by the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund will appeal to a broad cross section of young people and are designed to make a strategic and impactful intervention in their lives. Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes, Irish Youth Foundation