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Students from Eureka Secondary School from Kells have been named the Young Social Innovators of the Year 2013 with their project titled 'Bring Organ Donation Into Education'. Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography
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Organ donation education project scoops Young Social Innovators award

Students from Eureka Secondary School in Kells, Co Meath, took the prize with their ‘Bring Organ Donation Into Education’ project.

STUDENTS FROM THE aptly named Eureka Secondary School have been named as the Young Social Innovators (YSI) of the Year for 2013.

Pupils from the Kells, Co Meath school wanted to raise awareness of organ donation and the options available among their fellow students.

Their project, entitled Bring Organ Donation Into Education, won first prize, and resulted in them being given €1,500 to help develop their project.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn was in attendance at today’s event, as was Minister of State Joe Costello. The Minister for Education in Northern Ireland, John O’Dowd MLA, was also present.

Congratulating participants in this year’s YSI awards was chairperson Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, who called for young people to become more involved in social innovation.

“Young people bring fresh thinking and new perspectives to social issues that many adults grapple with,” she said.

Over 5,500 people participated in this year’s innovation programme, and undertook some 350 projects. Topics included youth literacy, cyber-bullying, youth facilities, farm safety and continuing education for teenage parents.

Read: Calls for organ donor registry in Ireland >

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