Glace Bay woman looking for votes as she tries to make a difference in the world
result of a combined vote from the public and the score from the judges. The winner, and a friend, will receive a volunteer experience in Kenya.
McNeil is asking the public to vote for her until the contest ends Feb. 28.
“If I am chosen I hope to work on a project in Kenya that involves sports with children. There are a lot of serious lessons kids can learn from sports — life lessons and discipline — but in the end it is the simple fact that kids, no matter where they are in the world, just want to have fun.
“I have volunteered a lot locally, but I have not had sufficient international volunteer experience. I feel that this is important to me in order to grow as a human rights student, as well as a citizen of the world.”
McNeil has volunteered locally with Students Helping Others Understand Tolerance, she has helped organize a shoe drive with her cross-country team for Shoes for Peru, she has been a coach, a peer tutor and worked with refugees.
If she wins the contest, she will be joined in Kenya by her friend Claire McNeil, a bachelor of education student at Cape Breton University.
Claire McNeil is involved with the Girl Guides of Canada, coaches at St. Michael’s Junior High School and was a volunteer at a school in Grenada through St. Francis Xavier University’s Extending Hope program.
“She would bring a lot to the table if she was able to come to Kenya with me.”
People can go online and read McNeil’s story and vote for her at www.redrosetea.ca/reachoutwithredrose/ essaycontest/ essaysearch.aspx#.
Lauren McNeil (third from the left), has fun with members of the St. Michael’s Junior High School cross-country running team in Glace Bay, which she coaches. McNeil is taking in the Reach out with Red Rose Tea contest and is asking the public to read her essay and vote for her submission. Front, Mitchell Bailey and, back from left, Chrissy Smith, Victoria Somerton, Lauren McNeil, Matthew James, John McNeil, Jessica Hardy, coach Claire McNeil and Emma McNeil.