Vol­un­teer Eabha is recog­nised for work

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Niall Mur­ray

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.

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