Kira McDonnell from St Dominic’s has been selected as an Irish Pramerica finalist, she is one of three successful Antrim nominees. Many thanks to Mrs McCann who nominated Kira for this award. See the press release posted below: -
Three Antrim students nominated for the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards
Ireland’s Top Youth Volunteers for 2019 Announced for The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards
Dublin, Wednesday, 6th February 2019: Three outstanding young people from Antrim have been recognised for the exemplary volunteer work they’ve carried out in their local communities. The students were revealed as Pramerica announced its twenty finalists for the 2019 Spirit of Community Awards (SOC), the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind.
Kira McDonnell volunteers as a coach in her local GAA club and is an active member of the National Citizenship Service where she works on social action plans within her community. She will join Eimhear Hardy and Christopher Magee also from County Antrim at the March award ceremony.
The SOC programme, acknowledges post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities.
“Year after year, I am so impressed by the incredible drive and passion shown by our participants. 2019 is no different. The volunteer work carried out by teenagers and young people in towns and villages in Ireland is truly having an impact and making a difference,” says Andrea McBride, VP of Information Systems, Pramerica Systems Ireland.
“From caring for the elderly and supporting mental health awareness to helping people with learning disabilities, motor impairments and blindness – so much of the volunteering activities that young people are involved in is going under the radar. Our awards programme aims to shine a light on these dedicated students by applauding their achievements and encouraging others to give back to their hometown.”
The twenty students will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the awards ceremony on 28th March at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The top two Junior Honourees will also receive an additional €500 for their chosen charity, and two of the twenty 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.