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Liadh lends a helping hand

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 4:26pm

A teenager who volunteered in Douglas Nursing Home has been recognised as one of the country’s most outstanding youth volunteers.

Liadh Hanley, a sixth-year student at St Angela's College, has been actively volunteering since Transition Year. Liadh volunteers as a barista in Roots Coffee House and in Douglas Nursing Home. Fundraising for many charities including the Hope Foundation, the Cork Simon Community and Pieta House, Liadh has a true passion for helping those in need.

The student has also wrote a children's book about disabilities called ‘Upside Down’ that went on to get published.

Another Cork student who was recognised was a fourth-year student at Skibbereen Community School called Jessica Collins.

A passionate animal lover, Jessica was given the opportunity to volunteer for five weeks in China at the Slaughterhouse Survivors, Harbin Animal Rescue, looking after ill and unwanted dogs and cats.

The 20 finalists will gather for this year’s awards ceremony which will take place at Titanic, Belfast on 31 March.

The top 20 finalists will each be presented with €500 at the awards ceremony with the top two junior honourees also receiving an additional €500 for their chosen charity and two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year.

These two students will each receive €1,000 for their chosen charity, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expenses paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremonies.

The programme, which is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), is one of Ireland’s largest youth recognition programmes, this year’s awards received a remarkable 250 applications from across Ireland.

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