Clane student honoured with national volunteer award

A Clane student has received an award for her outstanding volunteer work at an award ceremony in Derry.

A Clane student has received an award for her outstanding volunteer work at an award ceremony in Derry.

Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, John Lonergan, paid tribute to Róisín Eyres at the sixth annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards gala on Wednesday March 28 last.

Scoil Mhuire student, Róisín and 19 other Spirit of Community finalists from all corners of Ireland received €500, an engraved silver medallion and personal recognition from the former Governor.

The awards, which are held in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), were introduced in Ireland in 2006 to encourage youth volunteerism and to reward young role models.

As part of the Outreach Zambia Project, Róisín and nine other students devoted 36 intensive weeks to raising funds and awareness in preparation for a trip to Zambia. Through activities including race nights, concerts and raffles, Róisín and the team raised more than €30,000 to bring supplies to Zambia and to support a charitable mission there. In Zambia, Róisín spent her time with local children and young orphans, working on a farm, teaching in schools and assisting in the Home Based Care Programme distributing medicine to people with HIV in a very poor compound. Róisín also is a mentor in her school, helping new students adapt, patrolling areas, organising social events and helping her peers overcome problems. She is involved in the student’s council work with the Shoe Box Appeal.