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Students praised for contribution to Drug and Alcohol Open Day 16 July 2008

Drug and Alcohol Strategy presentation group photographCHIEF Minister Tony Brown MHK said the Isle of Man must remain vigilant to the threat posed by the importation and supply of illegal substances.

He stressed that people of all ages had a part to play in safeguarding the Island’s quality of life from the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. And he added that Government would continue to work in partnership with other organisations to tackle such important community issues.

The Chief Minister made his comments during a presentation to acknowledge the young people who contributed to the success of an open day staged by members of the Drug and Alcohol Strategy.

Certificates were presented to a group of Health and Social Studies students from the Isle of Man College who helped out at the event. Aleyn Taggart, Katie Glover and Elaine Weir collected their awards from the Chief Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Martyn Quayle MHK, while Daniel Corkish, Hannah Curran, Jennie Killey, Stephanie Twish and Jessica Dentith were represented by their tutors.

More than 400 people attended the open day at the Hilton Hotel in May which was organised to promote a greater understanding of drug and alcohol issues in the Isle of Man. The event featured a number of different government and voluntary agencies who gained valuable feedback from the public, school children and members of Tynwald. Pupils were encouraged to take part in a quiz and the prizewinning entries were submitted by Aine Callister of Peel Clothworkers and Kirsten McIntosh of Ballakermeen who both won iPods.

Catering and Hospitality students receive certificatesVisitors to the Hilton also had the chance to sample a mocktail – a non-alcoholic cocktail – thanks to the efforts of Hospitality and Catering students Peter Forrest and Helen Lindsey. Peter and Helen received certificates from the Chief Minister who said he was delighted to see the Island’s young people taking such an active interest in the work of the Drug and Alcohol Strategy.

All the students from the Isle of Man College said they found the open day to be very rewarding and have pledged their support for future initiatives. The Hilton event and the awards presentation were organised by Drug and Alcohol Strategy Co-ordinator Margaret O’Reilly and Department of Education Drug and Alcohol Liaison Officer Orla O’Donoghue who will also be promoting regional roadshows later in the year.

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