Trav­eller award for Christy

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

CHRISTY Moore­house from Bray was one of 16 Trav­eller lead­ers from all over Ire­land to re­ceive an award last week in Croke Park.

The Ir­ish Trav­eller Move­ment awarded the re­cip­i­ents lead­er­ship sta­tus after they took park in the Na­tional Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme was de­signed to in­crease their lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity to be­come more ef­fec­tive strate­gic ac­tivists.

‘I con­tinue to broaden my ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing for the ben­e­fit of my­self and my clients from the Trav­eller com­mu­nity,’ said Christy.

‘I must say that with­out the support of the or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved I don’t know where I would be to­day in terms of my ca­reer as I left school at 14 with lit­tle or no ed­u­ca­tion.

I have a strong in­ter­est in work­ing for my own com­mu­nity and I’m very proac­tive in the hu­man rights of Trav­ellers.’

The lead­ers, who were al­ready ac­tive within their lo­cal Trav­eller or­gan­i­sa­tions, ac­cepted their FETAC level 5 award from Trav­eller Di­rec­tor of the Ir­ish Trav­eller Move­ment Brigid Quil­li­gan.

‘I am de­lighted to recog­nise to­day the hard work of th­ese par­tic­i­pants and it is fit­ting that we are do­ing that on UN In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights day,’ she said.

‘Re­al­is­ing Trav­ellers’ hu­man rights has shaped this train­ing pro­gramme and cul­mi­nates with th­ese in­spir­ing Trav­eller lead­ers.

‘ This pro­gramme is vi­tal, giv­ing th­ese Trav­eller ac­tivists fur­ther skills to achieve their po­ten­tial and be­come the fu­ture lead­ers of the Move­ment, bring change for our peo­ple and in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of Trav­eller ac­tivists to bring about a more eq­ui­table Ir­ish so­ci­ety.’

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