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Twenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit Awards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/02/2016. Twenty Students Shortlisted for All-Ireland Community Spirit AwardsTags: Education And Politics

Twenty youth volunteers from across the island of Ireland have today been announced as the finalists of the 2016 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield.
“These inspiring young people from across the island of Ireland are supporting a broad range of charities and organisations through their selfless acts of volunteerism, from working to support mental health to raising funds for cancer research to helping the homeless,” said Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director, Pramerica Systems Ireland.
“The high calibre of entrants is exceptional in the program’s special 10th anniversary year, and we are honoured to recognise Ireland’s youth who are committed to volunteerism. We continue to be inspired by the extraordinary work these future young leaders are doing to make a difference in their local schools, communities and abroad, and they are a benchmark for other young people to strive towards.”
The post-primary students, who hail from all corners of Ireland, will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 10th March at Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa, Donegal with special guest speaker Niall Breslin, Irish musician and former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster Rugby player.  At the gala, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000 for a charity of their choice, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.
The programme is run in partnership with The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), Scouting Ireland and Foróige.

The 20 finalists are:
Annagh McBreen, Co. Cavan
Adrian McMyler, Co. Donegal
Aoife Harrington, Co. Kildare
Carla McErlean, Co. Derry
Chloe Austin, Co. Armagh
Cian O Grady, Co. Limerick
Curtis Johnston, Co. Antrim
David Boyce, Co. Limerick
Emma Moriarty, Co. Dublin
Grace Ferrick, Co. Wexford
Grace Fitzpatrick, Belfast
Helen McFadden, Co. Mayo
Katie Callaghan, Belfast
Lauren McAreavey, Belfast
Nathan O'Kane, Co. Antrim
Rachel Hurley, Co. Cork
Roisin McErlain, Co. Antrim
Róisín Neville, Co. Cork
Sarah Connor, Co. Galway
Vanessa Donovan, Co. Dublin

Find out more about the 2016 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards here.


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