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GTCNI commends Spirit Of Community Award winners

08-05-2013

 

GTCNI is a proud co-sponsor of  the Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards which is now in its 7th year, with the award ceremony each May to identify and reward young role models, who have made a difference in their community.

Pramerica 2013 winners - Leigha and Orla
Leigha Coade and Orla Jackman congratulated by Kevin Spacey

Leigha Coade, 17, of Armagh, Co. Armagh and Orla Jackman, 15, of Tullow, Co. Carlow, were presented with the prestigious Award for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 2013 in Washington DC earlier this week.  The honorees were also personally congratulated for their outstanding volunteer service by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic U.S. gold medalist Allyson Felix
 
Leigha, a Year 13 student at St. Catherine’s College, volunteers as a reading buddy to help build confidence and improve literacy in young children. She also mentors younger students in a local special needs school and serves as a member of the Volunteer School Ethos Committee. Outside of school, Leigha organizes various charity fundraising events and she regularly volunteers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation a charity close to her heart. Chosen as an Olympic Torch Bearer in June 2012, Leigha has since brought her torch to schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

Leigha's fellow award winner Orla Jackman is a third-year student at Tullow Community School, has dedicated herself to raising awareness and funding for childhood cancer, having been diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. Orla established a committee called Crosslow Fundraisers in October 2010,  the main beneficiaries are a children’s hospital and a camp for kids with serious illnesses and their families. Crosslow Fundraisers’ activities included table quizzes, auctions, sponsored tractor runs, field-day and tractor pulling events and a 37-mile sponsored cycle.

In addition to the awards ceremony Leigha and Orla joined the other international students on a visit to the main Washington landmarks and sights. 

To watch video highlights of the 2013 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards held in Kilkenny, follow the link below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSuKQ1EEaI4

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