Goatstown girls win at Trocaire Game Changers Awards

by Gary Ibbotson

Goatstown neighbours Anna Murphy and Laura Kelleher won the junior category in this year’s Trocaire Game Changers Awards for their game ‘Fish Away’.

Trócaire Game Changers is a competition for young people who want to change the world and believe games are a way to do this.

‘Fish Away’ is a board game that was developed in the back gardens of the two friends. The game focuses on Sustainable Developmental Goal (SDG) number 14 – Life Below Water. Players have to move their way around the board, taking small actions to clean up the plastic in the ocean to make it safer and healthier for fish to live in.

The annual competition is organised by Trócaire’s development education team who promote the use of games to highlight three themes: Climate Justice, Human Rights or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Due to Covid-19, this year’s Game Changers 2020 was changed to a ‘home challenge’ competition. However, this did not stop the resourcefulness, ingenuity and creativity of all the entries. The home challenge saw original board games, card games and online games submitted from young people all over Ireland across five categories: Youth, Junior (Group), Junior (Individual), Senior (Group), Senior (Individual).

Next year’s Game Changers competition will be a fully online programme and will focus on the 17 SDGs.

For more information visit Trócaire’s Game Changers page at trocaire.org

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