Young Dubliner volunteers praised with prestigious nomination

by Rachel Darcy

Two students from Dublin have been recognised for their volunteer work with a nomination in the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.

The students were revealed as Pramerica announced its 20 finalists for the 2019 Spirit of Community Awards – the only such all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind.

The finalists included Lena Goumaa from Crumlin, who was nominated for her work with the Islamic Foundation of Ireland.

Ciara McKenna from Glasnevin was nominated for her work with Child-Vision, assisting with the educational and therapeutic needs of children with various disabilities.

The Spirit of Community programme, which is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland, honours secondary school students for the positive contribution they make in their local communities.

The 20 students will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at an awards ceremony on March 28 at the Aviva Stadium.

This year’s ceremony will feature keynote speaker former professional footballer Richie Sadlier.

He said: “The voluntary efforts of these young people have such a positive lasting effect on those they help.

“It also allows them to develop important life skills that will only benefit them and those around them as they get older.

“I’m delighted to be involved in an event that celebrates the selfless work of these honourees.”

The top two Junior Honourees will also receive an additional €500 for their chosen charity, and two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year.

These two awardees will receive €1,000, 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.

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