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Thousands support Day of Action for Derry~Strabane EYC19 bid

26 October 2016

Thousands of people have taken part in a major social media campaign generating huge public support for Derry~Strabane to be awarded European Youth Capital (EYC) in 2019.

In a highly publicised Day of Action coinciding with European Day of Justice yesterday (Tuesday), October 25th, people were encouraged to register their support for the Derry~Strabane bid on the social media app Thunderclap. 

The EYC Youth Champions have been actively involved in generating ideas for the EYC19 #activate campaign. Seventeen year old Conal Fagan, one of the EYC19 Champions, summed up the hopes of all the young people actively engaged with the Derry~Strabane bid, declaring the Day of Action as a “brilliant idea, especially on the European day of Justice.”  He continued, “we feel really empowered and are focussed in ensuring the youth voice is heard and acted upon.”

With the announcement of the 2019 European Youth Capital winner now just three weeks away, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said “I am delighted the Day of Action had been such a big success in further boosting support for the Derry~Strabane bid.”

Mayor McClintock continued: “Our aim was to have 100 registrations by Tuesday, October 25th at 20:19, which would rally the support of their friends and followers to the #activate campaign of EYC19. We well exceeded this target by getting 346 registrations, which resulted in a social media reach of 362,295. We also released a new video clip yesterday onto social media featuring the voices of young people from the city and district which has already reached 18,621 people and had 4.6k views.”

The Day of Action also urged supporters of the Derry~Strabane bid to like and follow EYC19’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Snapchat channels and share its official message of support with the hashtags #eyc19 #activate trending during the campaign.

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Director of Legacy Oonagh McGillion, also expressed her delight at the response to the high profile social media campaign and thanked everyone for their ongoing support following a mammoth engagement with young people as part of the EYC19 bid.

She continued: “Our youth have been at the heart of this process and over the past number of months thousands of young people from across the Council area have been involved in developing and shaping the EYC19 Programme. I feel so immensely proud of the ideas and energy that young people poured into the EYC19 programme and I have every confidence that it will benefit young people in the city and district for many years to come.”

Derry~Strabane is vying for the prestigious European Youth title with Amiens in France, Manchester, Novi Sad in Serbia and the Italian city of Perugia, after being successfully shortlisted last April.

The winner of the title will be announced at the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members meeting on Wednesday November 16th. For more details on Derry City and Strabane District Council’s EYC bid, visit www.eyc19.com or e-mail [email protected].