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Congratulations to two Year 10 students, Mary Kate McCloskey and Keira Culleton, who each received their 200 Hour Award at the Millennium Volunteer Awards Ceremony in the Guildhall, Derry on Wednesday 11th March.  This was a wonderful recognition of both students’ positive contribution to their communities.

Mary Kate takes part every year in the HOPE summer camp based in the Limavady parish. This is a week of activities based around faith, fun and friendship. She also helps her sister by teaching children aged 3 – 14 years to dance, boosting their confidence and self-esteem.

Keira volunteers with cross community programme SPARK and is a key member of this initiative, which is focused on celebrating people’s similarities rather than the differences between various groups in the community. Keira takes part in activities each week which can include litter picking, visiting residents in local care homes, interacting with local businesses and cleaning neglected graves.  Keen to show her positive side and inspire others, Keira attends the Michaela Foundation Camps each year as well as visiting a local Care Home for the elderly and being heavily involved with her local church.

Both Keira and Mary Kate were also recognised recently in the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, with Keira among the top 20 All Ireland Finalists.