Volunteer Eabha is recognised for work
A Cork Leaving Certificate student is a finalist in a national youth awards for her volunteering work at home and abroad.
Éabha McMahon is one of 20 young people chosen as Ireland’s top youth volunteers for the Pramerica 2018 Spirit of Community Awards.
The sixth-year student at St Angela’s College in Cork city travelled to Kolkata in India with the transition year HOPE Immersion Programme to volunteer with children living in Kolkata’s slums. As well as raising €3,000 for the charity, she has continued to raise awareness of the charity’s work.
She volunteered last year with the Edmund Rice Summer Camps, working one-to-one with children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
St Angela’s deputy principal Edel O’Donovan said Éabha impressed her peers and teachers from the beginning with her strength of character, enthusiasm and capacity for hard work. She is an important mentor at the school, where she helps firstyear students settle in, and is also on the student council.
“It’s a mark of her maturity that she has been given so many positions of responsibility at such a young age, and she consistently donates her time and talent to improving the wellbeging of those around her,” Ms O’Donovan said.
Éabha also volunteers with the Amber Flag initiative that encourages schools, clubs and societies to promote and maintain positive mental health with young people.
Two students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year at the awards in Dublin on March 22, and will get €1,000 each, a gold medallion, and travel to the US in May to take part in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
The other finalists in the all-Ireland awards include Anna Phelan from Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny, and Michael Carroll of Borrisokane Community College, Co Tipperary.