The trophy is awarded in recognition of a project that directly involves the youth and is of benefit to the local community, in an initiative and creative way. The Rural Youth Europe judging panel were particularly impressed with Kesh YFC's annual charity fundraising event, 'How fit is your tractor?', beating competition from rural organisations in countries ranging from Wales to Austria. This is the first time that any organisation in Northern Ireland has been awarded the trophy.
'How fit is your tractor?' raised several hundred pounds to aid the funding of a MRI Scanner for the Royal Victoria hospital. This cause was selected as it is one close to the local community's heart-the Walker family's young daughter Tilly continues to battle a tumour. The MRI Scanner will be pivotal in not only benefiting Tilly and her family, but hundreds of other families right across Northern Ireland.
Kesh YFC will be presented with the trophy at the European Rally in Poland, in August. Two members from the club have been invited to attend. Lorna Graham ,Club Secretary and Gillian Henderson, Club Treasurer during the past year have been selected.
Members were welcomed to the Townhall by Council Chairman, Councillor Thomas O'Reilly who congratulated the Club and wished Lorna and Gillian every best wishes in their trip to Poland. He stressed how delighted the Council were in seeing this award come to Fermanagh, stating that Wales was the closest it has ever come in the past. Councillor O'Reilly also highlighted the importance of farmers ensuring that their tractors are kept in a 'fit' condition in the busy silage season. If vital maintenance is ignored, farmers put their lives at risk.
Kesh YFC Chairman, Sandra Beacom is thrilled at the Club's success.
"Kesh YFC has a great bunch of active members who support activities and I am very proud to see the Club go from strength to strength over the years. It is fantastic to see the young people's hard work and enthusiasm recognized on an international level, by Rural Youth Europe," she remarked.