Community award for Maynooth student

Róisín Eyres, 17, a student at Scoil Mhuire, Maynooth, has been named one of 20 winners in the sixth annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.

Róisín Eyres, 17, a student at Scoil Mhuire, Maynooth, has been named one of 20 winners in the sixth annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.

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.

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

Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards showcases the outstanding acts of volunteerism demonstrated by second-level students across Ireland. Each year, 20 finalists are chosen from hundreds of applications nationwide. The programme has been developed by Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).

Róisín will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Pramerica Spirit of Community later this month. On the 28th of March, Róisín and 19 other finalists will be honoured at a gala awards dinner in Derry-Londonderry. They will also receive €500 and an engraved silver medallion, presented by John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison. In addition, two of the finalists will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year at the awards dinner and will receive €1,000 for a charity of their choice, a gold medallion and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

The 20 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards finalists were selected from second-level students nominated by their school principals last November. The applicants were judged on their motivation, service, impact, sustainability, commitment and personal challenges.

The All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be selected by a committee chaired by Nobel Laureate John Hume, Henry McGarvey; Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics EurAsia; Yvonne McKenna, CEO, Volunteer Ireland; Tim Geraghty, NAPD; and Ivan Arbuthnot, chairperson, GTCNI.