Many congratulations to Gareth Connor (14E) who has been named as one of 20 Finalists in the 2013 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, an all Ireland recognition programme for outstanding young volunteers.
Gareth was nominated for his services to Institute Football Club’s Youth Academy and Mini Soccer Programme over the past five years.
By hosting three weekly sessions, Gareth is helping to take young children off the streets, allowing them to play and learn in a safe, controlled environment while promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Participating in sporting activities has also encouraged these young people to socialise with other children from different communities and across the religious divide, helping to break down barriers and stamp out discrimination.
Volunteering three nights a week has meant a significant personal commitment but without doing so, the children would not have had a coach or manager to develop their skills and someone to take them to matches.
Gareth will receive a €500 award and an engraved medal.
Gareth and his parents will attend a gala awards dinner at Lough Eske Castle in Donegal on 26th March, when two All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be named. They will each 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.
We wish him every success in March!