David Hosts Environmental Youth Speak

September 9, 2013

Young people encouraged to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

YouthSpeak 2013 finalists

Environmental Youth Speak is an exciting, fun, confidence-building, annual, public speaking competition organised to stimulate debate on waste and recycling among young people.  The competition gives school pupils the opportunity to research and speak their mind on topical environmental issues.  All Year 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 pupils are invited to enter this competition in February and take part in the Coleraine Heats, which are usually run in March.

Speaking about David’s role in the event, Organiser Clive Catterson said;

We host an annual environmental competition for school children and are always looking for an interesting host to elevate the event and act as compere for the day. David was high up our list for selection and in the end proved to be a very worthy host.

I have dealt with a number of celebrities over the years, both local and national, and I have to say David was a pleasure to work with. Easy to contact, friendly and down-to-earth. Not only that, but he engaged our audience, carried the event in a thoroughly professional manner and proved to be highly popular with both adults and young people alike. We will certainly consider him again for our next event. His trademark renowned abilities hold the attention of the audience whilst David was also able to put an environmental slant on his performance to suit the nature of the competion. I can assure anyone that David will bring a spark to any event.

Winning the 2013 Coleraine Heat were Grace Richmond from Coleraine High School and Shreya Ghaie from DH Christie Memorial Primary School.  Grace and Shreya went on to represent Coleraine Borough in the Regional final on 14 March at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre in Limavady.  Shreya won the North West Junior title with her speech on, “My waste’s got talent – what can it become?”

Pictured at the Environmental Youth Speak 2013 Final are Fiona Watters, Recycling Officer, Grace Richmond, Coleraine High School, Shreya Ghaie, who won the North West Junior title, DH Christie Memorial Primary School and celebrity compere, David Meade.

Previous competition winners can be seen delivering their speeches at Rethink Waste.

Should you have any questions or like further information on the competition, please phone (028 7034 7272) or email Fiona.

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