Statement from President Higgins on ‘Gaisce sa Bhaile’

Michael D Higgins
“As President, may I congratulate the team at Gaisce on this new initiative, which will assist young people to stay active and engaged in their communities, and to look after their physical and mental health in these special circumstances through which we are living.
It is my hope that as many as possible of the 18,000 young people already involved in the President’s Award will use this opportunity to develop alternative ways to achieve their goals, and that this new challenge will be taken up by yet others who also are interested in signing up for the President’s Challenge.
By participating in Gaisce, young people are invited to develop their skills, find a new confidence in their abilities, and discover the importance of making a positive contribution to their communities and wider society.
At its heart, the Gaisce challenge is about making a pact with yourself to set goals, and to pursue their achievement vigorously.
This is never easy, as no noble task ever is. To do so in these testing circumstances is even more challenging, and I want to convey my congratulations to every participant who decides to embark on this journey.
Beir beannacht.”