George Hook wants to hear The Future

Celebrity broadcaster George Hook last week launched ‘Tell The Future’ – a story-writing competition encouraging post-primary school students across Ireland to write a short story on how to power the country into the future in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way.

Celebrity broadcaster George Hook last week launched ‘Tell The Future’ – a story-writing competition encouraging post-primary school students across Ireland to write a short story on how to power the country into the future in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way.

Now in its second year, the competition rewards the young people of today for coming up with the most creative and innovative ideas regarding energy and the environment.

George Hook is spearheading this year’s competition, and has made a special animated video for pupils, parents and teachers to learn more about it, which can be viewed on the competition website: www.tellthefuture.eu.

Bringing competition winner’s stories to life is a key feature of this year’s Tell The Future competition.

Both winners will have the unique opportunity to have their story transformed into a one-of-a-kind animated video narrated by George Hook himself.

In addition to the special animated video, first-prize winners will receive their own iPad and a specially-engraved trophy, while the school of the winning pupil will receive five Netbook laptops, with branded mouse pads and t-shirts for his or her class. Second and third-prize winners will each receive a Kindle.

“Secondary school students are the next generation of innovators and they are not only more aware of new technologies, but also of the environmental and energy challenges we are facing today and into the future,” said George.

“We need to take more notice of young people’s creativity and Tell The Future gives them a nationwide platform to showcase their ideas on energy sustainability.”

Tell The Future is part of a pan-European initiative – Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE) – which is supported in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland by Calor Gas, and aims to highlight the environmental and energy-related concerns facing rural communities in particular.

“We were overwhelmed by the high standard of entries to last year’s Tell the Future competition and are hoping to see the same this year,” said Michael Kossack, CEO of Calor Gas.

“It is fantastic to see students across the country come up with such inventive ideas about sustainable energy solutions and how enthusiastic they are about the future of our country.

“In many cases, the stories written have been more than just competition entries – they represent personal manifestos and visions of the future.”

The closing date for entries to the Tell The Future secondary competition is Friday, November 30.

For full details, please visit www.tellthefuture.eu.