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Ciaran O’Kane with Mr James, Mr Gallagher, Leo McCloskey of Termoncanice PS and David Canning of Pramerica - View Full Size Image
Ciaran O’Kane with Mr James, Mr Gallagher, Leo McCloskey of Termoncanice PS and David Canning of Pramerica
Ciaran O’Kane, one of the Ireland Top 20 Pramerica Youth Volunteers 2018 - View Full Size Image
Ciaran O’Kane, one of the Ireland Top 20 Pramerica Youth Volunteers 2018
Ciaran is congratulated on his award by Mrs S McCarry, Head of RE - View Full Size Image
Ciaran is congratulated on his award by Mrs S McCarry, Head of RE
19/03/2018 PRAMERICA CELEBRATION FOR CIARAN O’KANE

On Monday 19th March 2018, Year 13 and 14 students gathered as a school community to celebrate the recently received news that Ciaran O'Kane in Year 14 has been selected as one of the twenty finalists in the Pramerica Spirit of Community awards.  This prestigious award recognises the voluntary work of the most inspirational young people, who have made a positive contribution to their local communities. Ciaran will have the opportunity to travel with his family to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 22nd March 2018, where he will receive 500 euros and a silver medallion to recognise his efforts. At this gala event, two of the twenty finalists, will be named as the All Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000, 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 ceremony.
 
So on Monday morning, our school took the opportunity to congratulate Ciaran on his much deserved success so far, and wish him luck at the next stage of the awards. We were delighted to welcome Mr David Canning, a representative from the Pramerica Spirit of Community awards, who came to join us at the assembly, and who acclaimed Ciaran’s efforts, presenting him with a certificate commending his outstanding achievements resulting in him being selected as one of the top twenty youth volunteers across Ireland.  We also welcomed Mr Leo McCloskey, from Termoncanice Primary school, where Ciaran attended before his Loreto days. Mr McCloskey explained that the parish has valued the on-going commitment to community events that Ciaran has shown, and he wished to be present to show his pride and support for all the voluntary work Ciaran does in his parish.

Mr James (Loreto College Principal) said “What is particularly remarkable about Ciaran's endeavours is the breadth of the voluntary work he is involved with. Peer mentoring, SVP, Justice League, Hope, Concern are just a few. He shows daily concern for others, in school, his parish and the wider community.  He has an unassuming, sincere and modest way of organising or being a part of events or fundraising both at school, and in his parish of Limavady. Added to that is the positive approach to life that Ciaran takes, conquering his own personal health battles, and turning these around to help others. We all know, that if something needs done, Ciaran is the student we often turn to!”

Mrs McCarry (Head of Religious Education), who nominated Ciaran for the Pramerica award, said “Ciaran has been a true role-model, in his own school community, both to his own peers and our younger students. He is a credit to his family and to his parish community”.

Students watched a short film created by Ciaran on just some of the community work he and so many other of our students have been involved in. The assembly concluded with prayers and reflections on the importance of working together as a community. Loreto College wishes Ciaran and his family a safe trip to the Aviva. Congratulations for all the achievements so far, and good luck for another day to remember on March 22nd!