THE highest accolade in the prestigious Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards has gone to a Waterford woman for her incredible work with teenage girls. Tammy Darcy, founder of The Shona Project, is a mother-of-three from Passage East and has dedicated her life to helping teenage girls realise their rightful place in the world.
By the end of this year, The Shona Project will have worked with over 20,000 girls directly in schools all over Ireland, helping them battle everything from anxiety and depression, to body image and issues of self-esteem, ultimately giving them the confidence to ‘fit in’.
At the recent awards ceremony in Dublin, Chair of the Irish Red Cross, Pat Carey, said: “Tammy Darcy has not only demonstrated extraordinary leadership through The Shona Project, but she has demonstrated a measurable and far-reaching positive difference in the lives of others.
she has demonstrated a measurable and far-reaching positive difference in the lives of others.
“Tammy is driven by a vision to help teenage girls realise their rightful place in the world and, with this vision, she has inspired others to make this societal change a reality in schools across Ireland, in India and Africa.”
And a delighted Tammy said, “This organisation was inspired by the illness of my sister Shona, and being able to share her story with almost 20,000 young women all over Ireland has been one of the greatest honours of my life.
“Watching the organisation go from strength to strength, and become a movement of women and girls supporting each other, and being kind to themselves shows that we all identify on some level, and that The Shona Project, is no longer just about Shona, but about all of us.”
The Shona Project, is no longer just about Shona, but about all of us.
For more information, go to: www.shona.ie/about/