In the early hours of yesterday morning an excited Diana Award Anti-Bullying team headed to Gatwick to make our way to our first ever Anti-Bullying Ambassador Showcase Event in Dublin Ireland, kindly hosted by Facebook.
The event was attended by celebrities, Ministers and inspirational young people from across Ireland and Northern Ireland all coming together to celebrate the work of our Irish Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. The 43 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who attended were from schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland including Loreto College, Dublin, St Andrew’s College, Dublin, Round Tower Integrated Primary School, Antrim, New-Bridge Integrated College, County Down and Belfast Model Girls School. The schools were given a chance to showcase some of the innovative and effective initiatives they have implemented in their schools to reduce bullying. Some of these initiatives included creating a 'we are one' poster with different parts of people's faces to celebrate difference, an anti-bullying graffiti wall to make people think about their actions and using a hashtag to help report online bullying.
All of the Ambassadors who attended the event were presented with a Diana Award to recognise their amazing anti-bullying efforts. The awards were presented by some very special guests including the Lord Mayor of Dublin, actor and BAFTA winner Will Poulter, singer/songwriter Jordan O'Keefe, urban/pop band Fresh Re and singer/songwriter Brian McFadden.
We were also lucky enough to hear a speech from the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald. Fresh Re and Jordan O'Keefe also treated the audience to a fantastic live acoustic performance.
We want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the event and particularly to the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, Will Poulter, Fresh Re, Jordan O'Keefe and Brian McFadden who courageously shared their experiences of bullying with the 150 guests.
The Diana Award Anti-Bullying team left the day feeling incredibly proud of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and everyone who supported us with the programme. We can't wait to head back to Ireland and Northern Ireland soon to train more young people up as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and help make a positive change in schools across Ireland.
You can watch the work of our Irish Anti-Bullying Ambassador Showcase Schools here: