Claregalway native Leah Kilmartin, celebrated her 20th birthday in style last week when she became the lucky recipient of two tickets to the Electric Picnic festival later this year courtesy of aid agency, GOAL.
Leah was the sole winner of a draw between festival goers who signed up to GOAL’s festival pledge to help end the plight of refugees around the world. She received her tickets from GOAL’s Maura Lennon on her birthday in Galway city last Sunday week.
GOAL created a mock refugee camp at last year’s Electric Picnic and asked festival goers to try experience the reality of living in such a camp for 17 years – the average length of time spent by people in a refugee situation.
“GOAL’s camp was made ‘to replicate how refugees typically live,” said Leah. “I was shocked by the conditions in and around the tent and I decided there and then to sign GOAL’s pledge for refugees. GOAL continue to work with refugees in several countries around the world and are doing an amazing job by helping to make their lives as bearable as possible.”