KDYS heroes launch #ImInAndImStayingIn campaign

Young people have their say: A still from the KDYS video

THE Kerry Diocesan Youth Service has teamed up with a group of teenagers from Kerry and Italy to launch a campaign to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

They have created a video with a very important message for their peers and for all people, pledging their commitment to the cause and they are calling on all young people to do the same.

Their campaign is to encourage all to observe physical distancing requests and all of the measures in the health service guidelines in order to keep people safe.

The campaign, called #ImInAndImStayingIn, was spearheaded by KDYS youth worker Michelle O’Neill who coordinated a determined group of young people in Kerry who partnered last year with Italian youths on an international exchange through the KDYS European Youth Centre eurOg.

KDYS Chief Executive Tim O’Donoghue

KDYS Chief Executive, Tim O’Donoghue, said the pandemic sweeping the world calls everybody to action now more than ever to connect with and support young people.

“KDYS is partnering with young people to play a vital role in protecting our communities. In recent days the world has anxiously witnessed the alarming pace at which the Covid-19 virus is spreading,” he said.

“The highly infectious nature of the virus makes us all a potential threat to each other if we don’t observe the critical health guidelines,” he said, adding that a great deal of attention has fallen on young people and stories of them gathering in groups.

Mr O’Donoghue added: “This has invoked a lot of frustration and anger towards young people but we should be careful not to single them out as the main culprits. Instead, we need to acknowledge that people of all ages are have been slow to embrace our new ways of living and interacting and we should also remember that the majority of people – young and old – are complying with HSE and WHO guidelines”.

The KDYS video will send out an important message to people to protect themselves and others in the fight against Covid-19 and the young people involved have urged the public to share the link as extensively as possible.

They have also urged young people everywhere to help save lives by pledging support for the #ImInAndImStayingIn campaign and send the pledge via the KDYS social media sites using the hashtag #ImInAndImStayingIn and #KDYSHeroes. It can be an image, message or comment.

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