“Resilience is what gives people the mental strength to cope with stress and hardship. It is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. It’s about overcoming the challenges that come your way.”
At the start of the year, the TORC team asked our residents to share their uplifting stories of resilience. Residents could write about about a personal experience or nominate another resident (perhaps a partner or child or neighbour) for showing resilience in a particular situation. We had an amazing response and residents submitted many unique stories of strength, transformation and resilience.
All of the entries were compiled into two categories – one for adults and one for children under 18 years of age. All of the entries then went to our 5-person judging panel who awarded their first choice with 3 points and their second choice with 1 point. After this, there were four entries that emerged as the winners of the prizes. The judges felt that it was a privilege to be able to read through the personal journeys of our residents and that it was an extremely difficult decision to select their first and second choice.
To acknowledge the effort and openness of all the residents who made a submission to The Resilience Campaign, TORC will be sending out a €30 One4All voucher. TORC Tenant Engagement will be in contact with all of those residents shortly to organise this.
For the winner and the runner up in each category we had some brilliant prizes up for grabs:
1st Prize: Apple Ipad 10.2 ” 64Gb
2nd Prize: Fitbit Versa 3
1st Prize: Amazon Fire 10.2″ Fire Tablet
2nd Prize: Fitbit Versa 3
Congratulations to Anna, Deirdre, Ciarán and Basima for their winning entries. The judges were impressed by Anna’s drive re-educate herself, learn new skills and get involved in community initiatives while she was out of work due to Covid. Deirdre wrote a beautiful piece about overcoming a mental health challenge and reminded us of the profound meaning of ‘this too shall pass’. Ciarán went through medical challenges that no young child should have to go through but is still joyful and helps to look after his younger sister. Moving countries, learning English, starting at a new school and trying to make friends would be overwhelming for any teenager, but Basima is determined to be patient and smile. We all have a lot to learn from the resilience shown by these TORC residents.
Click on each of the entries below to read them in full.
1st Prize: Anna
2nd Prize: Deirdre
1st Prize: Ciaran
2nd Prize: Basima