Borrisokane’s Michael Carroll a finalist for Spirit of Community awards

Thursday, 15 February 2018

MICHAEL Carroll from Tipperary has been recognised for the exemplary volunteer work carried out in his local community as Pramerica announced its 20 finalists for the 2018 Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind.

A sixth-year student at Borrisokane Community College, Michael was motivated to become involved with the mental health awareness charity "Cycle Against Suicide" in 2014 when local sport and musician stars including Bressie and Seamus Hennessy, a local Tipperary hurler, gave a talk at his school. Focusing on the positive effects that physical activity can have on people's mental health, Michael helped to organise a 5km fun run and is now one of the charity's Student Leader Ambassadors.

In his role as an ambassador, Michael helped to run a Christmas market stall selling "Cycle against Suicide" merchandise. He worked tirelessly to promote the Student Leaders Congress recording a music video to engage people on social media and spread the word about the event. Michael has inspired other students in his school to become involved with the charity and through his volunteer work has made friends for life.

"Michael is a young man with many admirable qualities. He is a hard and meticulous worker and as well as his work with the charity he has assisted the young students make the transition from primary to secondary school," said Matthew Carr, school principal. "He has coped very well with his own personal tragedy, losing his mum at such a young age and I recommend him highly and without reservation for this award."

The programme which is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield.

"Each year I continue to be humbled by the incredible volunteer work carried out by teenagers and young people in towns and villages across Ireland," said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica Systems Ireland. "From caring for disabled relatives to helping people with learning disabilities, brain injuries and dementia, so much of the volunteering activities that young people are involved in is going under the radar. Our awards programme aims to shine a light on these dedicated students, by applauding their achievements and encouraging others to give back to their hometown."

The post-primary students will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the awards ceremony on March 22 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. This year the top two Junior Honourees will also receive an additional €500 for their chosen charity for the first time. At the event, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

For more information about the 2018 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, which is supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige, follow the Pramerica Spirit of Community Snapchat (Pramerica.soc) Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter feed @Pramerica_SOC, or visit .


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