Adventure Based Learning for Youth
Pat founded the Beyond Endurance Adventure Based Learning Experience (BE ABLE) under his Corporate Social Responsibility Charter, which uses exploration of the outdoors to create awareness of global issues, climate change, population explosion their affects. He also hopes to encourage active citizenship in young people, and in particular to nurture an understanding and interest in science and technology.
Education for children, Freddy T. Bear
Pat, with friends Dr. Clare O’Leary and Mary Curtin, set about developing the character Freddy T. Bear. Freddy has a loyal following of over 220,000 children as he chronicles his adventures on expeditions around the world. This adventure bear is an innovative approach to teaching children (and adults) about the geography of the world. Through Freddy’s adventures and discoveries, as relayed in his journal, e-mails, photographs and video coverage, children can learn about the cultures and traditions of the countries he visits. His travels have taken him to many countries around the world, including Nepal, Tibet, Peru, Argentina, Chile, America, Antarctica, Canada, Norway and Europe. He has completed the 7 Summits Challenge and many other adventures alongside his mentors Pat Falvey and Clare O’Leary. Freddy is also an educational initiative by Pat, Dr. Clare and Mary to teach children to have dreams, goals and aspirations and not to be afraid of failure. Freddy is 7 bear years old, lives with Pat in Kerry, and has written a number of books with Dr. Clare and Pat.
European Adult Education Project
In September 2009, Pat and his team successfully established a research partnership with eight universities and research institutions across Europe, funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Program and are coordinating the two year EU-funded Grundtvig Programme Project.
The purpose of the project is to build a consortium of experts that will share their knowledge and expertise about informal adult learning in various EU countries. The emphasis of the project will be making various subjects available to the public (adults) through informal learning contexts such as long-distance courses, internet courses, environmental parks, natural history museums, science centres, galleries, nature trails and others.
Corporate Social Responsibility Program
Under Pat’s awareness program he has been heavily involved in numerous charity projects and has helped raise over €750,000 in Ireland over many years. He is also patron to the Irish charity, Aware, which specializes in Suicide awareness, as a mentor to help others see that in life, there is always hope.
The special professional guest speaker for the evening was Adventurer and Entrepreneur, Pat Falvey who through his stories of business and adventures brought an enthusiastic reaction from the audience of students and the general public.
Pat spoke about the need for dreams, goals and ambitions and that how working together, we have the power to achieve our full potential, not alone in college but in all aspects of life.
Pat professes that students are the goldmine of the future of our country. Properly harnesses and mentored, they are our country's most valuable asset.
33 Administration staff from the VEC took part in a team away day in Jury’s Hotel Western Road Cork. This was facilitated by Pat Falvey staff headed up by Tony Nation, Ian O'Neill, Darren Healy and Alan Walsh. First up was a topic on self defense which covered definition, threat, awareness, attack, values and conflict, what makes a victim, stages of attack as well as all above participants were given practical demonstrations on self protection.
The second half of the morning was given over to team games with each game having a message to give to members of the staff. This covered the areas of communication, active listening, team participation, problem solving and setting goals. This was a highly active day with learning for all through fun and interaction.
More details of our teambuilding and company/organisation away days in our corporate services section,
View some photos from the day in our gallery
We are now living in tough times and we need to be positive to succeed, if we are not we will fail in achieving our goals.
I believe for people to move forward we have to accept the challenges that now face us. Yes, things are tough and for some this has been one of the hardest times in their lives. But unless we change from the doom and gloom that has beset our country, our people will not emerge from the gloom.
Too many people have a negative outlook to life and unless we can refocus to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we face a disastrous outcome.
Let’s look to the future with a positive attitude and make opportunities. Let’s change our negative thoughts to the positive ones.
We are where we are on planet earth and the most important attribute to a successful future is to accept our current situation. If need be, we should take our current situation to the worst case scenario and rebuild from that point. This is what I had to do in 1986 when I went broke and lost everything. My home was in the process of being repossessed; my companies faced liquidation and my personal life was in ruins. From the ashes of all of this and a change of attitude I fought back to live to fight another day. Opportunities arose from the height of a world depression. I then chose to see opportunity from my demise and the position I found myself in. I chose to see my glass as half full instead of half empty.
Like now I believe we are no longer in a recession, we are in a pre-boom period (how long we remain there I’m not sure). The future looks bright and by having a positive attitude we will prevail. As my grandmother drummed into me as a child “If you think you can you will, If you think you can’t you won’t.”
We are living in very challenging times, we would be fools to think otherwise. Economies are shifting their focus, businesses are reconfiguring and all of us have to be open to the challenge of change. This uncertainty dominates most people’s thoughts and for most they fear failure and the unknown.
But we have to be positive, more so then ever now it is the time to stand up and be counted as individuals and to be self lead. To succeed we need to change the country’s attitude, as Obama said “is feidir linn”. Yes we can. We need to be motivated to self leadership, team leadership, community leadership, company leadership and political leadership and to believe we will succeed.
For this month I will leave you with a verse that was given to me by my mother when I despaired most in my own life, when I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was in 1986 and I had lost everything. My self esteem, my confidence and self belief were at an all time low. I rebuilt my life from the ashes to go on and succeed in making all my dreams a reality. I have used the philosophy behind the verse of the following poem. I learnt that to fail is a journey to succeed if we learn from mistakes and never give up.
When thing’s go wrong as they sometimes will.
When the road your trudging seems all uphill.
When funds are low and debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is weird with its twist and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about.
When they might have won if they stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.
It’s when time go tough that you must not quit.
There have been many occasions I know in my own life where I would have failed if I had given up but I persisted even though I thought at times I had failed. So be positive, stay focused, rely on self-leadership and be the best that you can be and you will succeed. With that in mind I just want to wish you all the best in this “pre-boom period”. We now have more budding young entrepreneurs in the making then at any time in our past.
Entrepreneur – Speaker – Adventurer
Pat Falvey is Ireland’s leading business, inspirational and motivational speakers and presenters.
Let us help you in your organization to inspire your company, team’s and individuals to look to the future in a positive way. Through our presentations and courses.
Over the last 12 months, we have now surpassed all our expectation for our Pat Falvey Boot Camp Division and we have worked with over 4,000 people in our boot camps for the 2010/2011 season. This has been an amazing success which has been headed up by director of operations, Tony Nation and our trainers. Our courses have captured the imagination of those taking part. These boot camps are an ideal fun day out for your team.
Why not try Pat Falvey's BOOT CAMP. We at Pat Falvey School Of Adventure have designed a programme for getting the best from your team. If you are preparing for a major event or just want to have some fun in the outdoors...we have that special day.
Pat recently featured on Radio Kerry's popular Saturday Supplement with Frank Lewis. The show had many of Pats friends and family on the phone as guests. Frank discusses many topics with Pat including the North Pole expedition, coming to Kerry many years ago and his active role with promoting education while running a travel and training company. Thanks to Mary in Franks office and Radio Kerry for sending on the recordings. You can also find our full databse of podcasts in our gallery page.
Below is a selection of podcasts from the show:
Frank Lewis runs a PR company and Art Gallery in Killarney. Frank also runs a weekly show with Radio Kerry.
Radio Kerry was voted ppi local station and was also awarded a ppi award for a programme featuring Pat following his South Pole expedition, titled 'Ask the Explorer'
More Podcasts see our gallery
Pat Falvey launches "Get Up And Go" diary in Sligo on November 18th 2011.
A new diary for 2011 was launched by Pat in Sligo at the Yeats Memorial Building.
Pat Falvey presented a motivation presentation to a packed house in Sligo for the launch of next years' "Get Up And Go Diary." Pat's presentation focused on positive attitudes and the need for everyone to take responsibility for themselves and the importance of self leadership in these pressured times.
Commenting that the "Get Up And Go Diary" is a great arsenal to have on a day to day basis to keep you focused on the day to day living. There are many pearls of wisdom and inspirational quotes and verses on every page.
The "Get Up And Go" series is now on the go for eight years and has influenced the thinking of thousands of people. It's success has been proven by the simplicity of spreading positive thoughts in your life on a daily basis.
The collection of verses, poems and quotes have been compiled by Glenda Devlin and published by Brendan Sands and Eileen Forrestal from Get Up and Go Publications in Sligo.
Further information can be got from www.getupandgodiary.com
A truly must have for the coming year.
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The launch of Awareness Cards with helpline telephone numbers, was held at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on November 17th.
Pat Falvey Patron of Suicide Aware, who was a guest speaker at the event, thanked all of those who give their time and effort in support of this cause.
Pat spoke about the need of us as a community coming together to help others and how suicide and depression are now one of our greatest health problems, one that has, for far to long, been brushed under the carpet. Yet there is not one person in the country that does not know someone who is suffering from depression or someone who has taken their lives over the past fifteen years.
This event was attended by many sports and high profile Irish people giving their support for a progressive program of fundraising to help fight a plague of raising depression and suicide in Ireland.
Munster Rugby endorsement:
The evening was also the launch of the Munster Rugby nomination of Cork Cancer Aware as one of their three charities for next year. The Munster Rugby team was represented by Garret Fitzgerald and Irish player Mick O Driscoll who applauded the work done by the organisation in showing initiative in the importance of having people trained to help those in need of advice and assistance in this area.
(CSR Plan) Garret and Mick spoke about how Munster Rugby were honoured to have selected Suicide Aware as one of their three nominated charities for 2011-2012, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Plan.
Crime Correspondent/Author: Paul Williams, the highly successful crime writer and author was the guest speaker and formally launched the initiative. He took a really hard stand on the influence of drugs on the ever increasing problem and of the crime lords here in Ireland that have zero consideration for the damage they cause in their persuit of making money out of the misery of others. He branded them as 'scumbags of our society' and that they should be caught and the keys thrown away for the misery and violence they bring to Ireland. Drugs are a major contributor to depression and suicide and Paul as guest speaker, gave a great insight to the life of the drug lords and their violent ways.
Host for the night was radio presenter and PR consultant Mick Mulcathy. Other speakers on the night were Ian Delahunty who spoke of personal experience of the tragedy of families when a loved one commits suicide. He spoke emotionally about how his father took his own life and the effects it had on him and the family.
The night was brought to a close by founding member Pat Beahan thanking everyone for their support and help.
Further information on fundraising events and Suicide Aware's mission and vision can be found on www.suicideaware.ie or contact Pat Beahan on 087 9454202.
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Pat Falvey was a guest speaker at the recent Invest Ireland Forum which was hosted by DCU Ryan Academy and Arizona State University. His presentation was on the spirit of adventure, entrepreneurship and success in a challenging, changing world. It was colourful, entertaining and brought home the attributes needed to succeed in a changing world.
The forum was a joint collaboration, bringing together venture capitalists, angel investors and the top companies in Ireland.
Mary Horan Chief Executive of the DCU Ryan Academy spoke about the fact that she hoped that this was just the first of Invest Ireland's many forums and thanked the American investors for showing such great interest in investing in Ireland and it's future.
The event was a hugely successful for both investors and the participating companies.
After the event Pat said "Ireland is still alive with amazing ideas with top class mangers and entrepreneurs that will ensure our country will always be one of the major places for investment by investors throughout the world."
Later that day, Pat flew off to Nepal to lead a group of Irish celebrities raise money for the street children of Calcutta for the Irish HOPE Foundation.
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At Pat Falvey Army Boot Camp we have put a number of teams through this rigorous weekend training program specially designed to help in the areas of communication, focus, attention to details, planning and following through on objectives set.
Bear Island: This weekend our island boot camp was help on Bear Island and Highfield Rugby Club went through their paces on last weekend 17 to 19 September.
Outside the comfort zone:
They were met by the instructors at 19:00 hrs on Friday night. No sooner had they disembarked they were made to run 4km with bag in hand to the camp. There they were given their bed in the tent. First on the agenda was night navigation around the island. They returned to a welcomed cup of soup and sandwich. The team went through the briefing for the weekend. Then retired to try and sleep for the night.
Up at 05.00, given a map and coordinates they had to search out their food for breakfast. Some were lucky, others were not, but everyone shared what they had found. After all were fed it was down to business. Each was given 25kg packs and made run the 5km run to the first tower. When they got there they thought they had finished but this was not to be, they had to run to the other tower as well. Next evaluation was the water confidence training instruction. This was to build up there confidence in tough and hostile environment. After this was the assault course, stretcher run, and finished up with some close quarter combat.
Dinner was bush craft style with rabbit, pigeon, and deer on the menu. All had to be skinned, butchered and cooked by the team. After dinner they did more navigation and finished with some field play. Lights out at 24.00 were they tired.
Up Sunday morning at 08.00 for 8km run with 25kg sandbags to White Cross. There they took part in a debriefing and self evaluation on the weekend. After this there were then ran back down to camp to a surprise full Irish Breakfast. The camp finished with a march back to the ferry at 12.00.
“It was agreed by all that if they fail in their goal they would be back and it would be tougher”
Objectives for the weekend were, Improve Communication, Discipline, Fitness, Teamwork, Self belief.
Terry Healy Boot Camp faciliator/ Instructor.
Pat Falvey Boot Camp Division - www.patfalvey.com