National success for ‘Forget Me Not’ campaign

On May 8th the Young Social Innovator (YSI) class of Davis College Mallow was presented with the gold award for national social innovation. Their ‘Forget Me Not’ campaign competed against over 300 schools nationally and was given first place following a year of incredible achievements. They developed an Exit Point Strategy which is visible in airports, ports and ferries across the country, and also raised valuable funds which were used to fund the search for a missing 19 year old youth in Galway. Most notably they presented a report to the Joint Committee for Justice, Defence and Equality, chaired by David Stanton, to have a National Missing Persons’ Day declared in Ireland. This report was viewed and approved by Minister Alan Shatter and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on May 9th in Leinster House. At this the students presented a signed petition with over 12,000 signitures from Irish citizens who agree with their appeal to have a Missing Persons’ Day declared. Their campaign has achieved international success, and has been recognised by schools across Europe and even as far afield as China. They are encouraging other people to link into their campaign and follow its success by accessing their interactive platform Moodle on The students will also witness the launch of the CRI Alert (Child Rescue Ireland Alert) by An Garda Siochana on May 25th. This system will enable the public to assist Gardai in cases where it is believed children have been abducted and there is a reasonable belief that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of a child. They have been invited to attend this event, given their persistance and hard work in getting this issue recognised in the Oireachtas. One of the students’ YSI guides, Kathy Kilgallon, feels that “their work in this area has been truly inspirational and it sends such a positive message of reinforcement to teenagers out there, to not just accept the world as you find it, but to actively change it for the better”.