The 2010 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards Finalists
14, from Killarney, Co. Kerry, a third year student at Presentation Secondary School in Miltown, Co. Kerry, is a caregiver for her elderly neighbour.
Having had many gifts in her life, Alice felt she could make a difference.
17, from Douglas, Co. Cork,
a sixth year student at Christ King Secondary School in Douglas, travelled to Navodari,
Romania in June 2009 as a volunteer with the Aurelia Trust. This charity seeks to
improve the lives of institutionalised people between the ages of 17 and 30, many of
whom have physical or developmental delay.
15, from Ballydesmond, Co. Cork, a
third year student at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, Co. Kerry, is a member of her
local Social Action Group. This voluntary organisation spearheads a range of
community activities for young and old.
18, from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, a year 14 student at Lismore Comprehensive School in Craigavon,
is a PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm) Suicide charity worker.
Conleth joined PIPS after his brother died by suicide over two years ago.
17, from Clonsilla in Dublin,
a sixth year student at Castleknock Community College, travelled to Kolkata in West Bengal
to lend a helping hand. Olivia worked with BeKind Ireland and coordinated a series of
fundraising activities to help send 12 students to Kolkata. As project co-ordinator Olivia
led her team and they raised a phenomenal €60,250.
17, from Tullow, Co. Carlow,
a sixth year student at Tullow Community School, volunteers at the Cheshire Home
which works with adults with special needs. Aideen is motivated by the motto,
‘to give is to live’ and she undertakes a range of voluntary activities as she
feels so exhilarated by the feeling of giving something back.
17, from Mallow, Co. Cork, a
fifth year student at Davis College in Mallow, followed in the footsteps of her Dad
and joined the Niall Mellon Township Trust in South Africa. The mission of this
charity is to build homes for people who live in shanty towns.
18, from Creggan in Derry,
a year 14 student at St. Mary’s College in Derry, is a volunteer youth leader in her community.
Jennifer lives in an area of social deprivation with high levels of anti-social behaviour.
The local youth club has become an oasis for the young people of the area and so Jennifer
decided to become a volunteer.
15, from Craigavon, Co. Armagh, a year 11 student at Lismore Comprehensive in Craigavon, is a representative on the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young people (NICCY). Coming from an area of social deprivation, Barry wanted to give a voice to the young people of Craigavon.
18, from Dunmore, Co. Galway,
a sixth year student at Dunmore Community School, co-leads a local youth group
and has travelled to Romania twice to carry out voluntary work.
16, from Swords in Dublin,
a sixth year student at Fingal Community College, is chairperson of the Fingal
Comhairle na n+g and Swords Youth Council. Spurred by the rising number of teen
suicides and the numbers of young people turning to anti-social behaviour and
substance abuse, Aidan decided to get involved in community work.
18, from Armagh, a year 14 student at St.
Catherine’s College in Armagh, is a committed volunteer. In her own words she was “never one
to stand by and watch from the sidelines when I saw inequalities.” Felicity is a member
of the Order of Malta and Youth Democracy and is also an avid fundraiser.
18, from Belfast, a year 14
student at Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College, Knock, is involved in befriending the sick
and elderly in her community. An intending medical student, Oonagh decided to get a real
insight into the caring roles within the community. She volunteered at a nursing home for
the elderly and also at the breast cancer unit of the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.
Treasa Nf Shúilleabháin,
17, from Bantry, Co.
Cork, a fifth year student at Schull Community College, is a committed volunteer who is
involved in a variety of voluntary activities. Treasa is a founding member of the Bantry
Youth CafT Events Committee, has fundraised for the Belarusian Orphanage Project,
the Irish Heart Foundation and volunteers twice weekly at the Bantry Co-Action Centre.
As a member of the Lesotho Exchange committee, Treasa is hoping to be chosen as one of
the students to visit the country.
16, from Portumna, Co. Galway,
a fourth year student at Portumna Community School, is a passionate volunteer who offers his
time to the Red Cross.
17, from Clonakilty, Co. Cork,
a fifth year student at Clonakilty Community College, is instrumental in a campaign to
establish a Youth CafT in her community. Aoife’s campaign to establish a safe place for 12 to 18-year-olds
began in 2005 when she led a deputation to the local Town Council.
17, from Derry, a year 13 student at
Thornhill College in Derry, is a member of the charity Changaro Trust in Kenya.
Through her work with this charity Rebecca has visited Africa and has raised money
by organising various events.
14, from Tullow, Co. Carlow, a second year
student at Tullow Community School, helped his brother fulfil his lifetime dream. P.J.’s brother
had planned a trip to Calcutta to work in an orphanage but just as he was about to embark on his
fundraising activities, he had to be hospitalised to have back surgery.
17, from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, a fifth year
student at Davitt College in Castlebar, undertakes all his voluntary activities at school by way
of caring for his friend Cian, who has special needs.
15, from Farran, Co. Cork, a fourth year student
at Scoil Mhuire, Cork City, visits her elderly neighbours regularly. Ileana is committed to her community
and in particular the elderly population. She is not afraid to take on any task and for one
neighbour she helps with farming duties.