Exciting months ahead for Kerry’s rural youth!

Kerry Macra have plans to improve the overall health and well-being of its members by beginning a new monthly themed initiative – starting this month.

‘Get Active this August!’ is the first initiative to kick start the campaign, set up by newly appointed Rural Youth Officer, Katie O’Sullivan.

Each month will have a new theme which aims to improve the overall health and well-being of members and hopefully non-members too!” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

“’Get Active this August!’ kick starts the campaign. The focus this month is to get out and about and get active, and we have the perfect opportunity for you to do so.

“On Saturday, August 31, we are inviting all clubs, members and friends to a boat trip on the Lakes of Killarney (€10) and a 5k walk to Muckross House, with the option of lunch after for tea and more chats. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.”

Chatting to Katie about her new role as Rural Youth Officer for Kerry Macra, she said that she’s delighted but has big shoes to fill.

“This is an extremely important role particularly as Kerry is very much a rural and peripheral county,” she said. “Many issues face young people in Kerry, such as rural isolation and lack of opportunities. This role provides a platform to have those voices heard on a local and national level, and further provides an opportunity to address these issues. There will be plenty of learning and fun along the way. I have big shoes to fill of the previous Rural Youth Officer, Caitriona Shanahan, but I am looking forward to the year ahead.”

And Katie’s work is only just beginning, with some exciting plans in the pipeline.

“Kerry Macra will again be involved in the Kerry Mental Health and Well-Being Fest. Last year, we hosted a very successful screening of Pilgrim Hill in the CYMS Hall, Killorglin on World Mental Health Day. This year Kerry’s Mental Health and Well-Being Fest has been extended to two weeks, taking place from October 5-19, with World Mental Health Day falling on Thursday October 10.”

For more info, contact Katie on 087 7429207.

Also, keep your eyes peeled on Kerry Macra’s Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for further rural youth updates and the themes for each month.