Athlone student among NUI Galway Gaisce Gold Medal award recipients

Athlone native, Sinéad Reidy is pictured with President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce, upon receipt of her deserve Gold Medal award

Athlone native, Sinéad Reidy is pictured with President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce, upon receipt of her deserve Gold Medal award

Sinéad Reidy from Athlone was among eight NUI Galway students and a special group of inspirational young people presented with the Gaisce Gold Award by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins recently for their civic engagement and personal development.

The students, Catherine Mohan, Ciara McDaid, Erin Shimizu, Jason Sherlock, Kirsty Moran, Odhran Wheelan, Sinéad Reidy, and Orla Masterson, volunteered hundreds of hours with a variety of non-profit organisations including Ability West, SVP, Barretstown Childrens Camps, Tidy Towns and Childline, as well as undertaking student leadership roles working towards inclusion and diversity.

“Some advice that I would give to people thinking of doing Gaisce is apply now! I’m really enjoying the challenge at the moment as the different parts of the Gaisce award are very encouraging and they force you to get more involved in the college clubs and societies, which is a great way to make new friends,” an ecstatic Sinead enthused.

“Gaisce – The President’s Award is unique in the sense that it encourages young people to set their own personal development goals within a framework that allows them to achieve them and contribute to their communities in their own way.

“Every single day I am inspired by the courage, the energy and the commitment of young people doing their Gaisce Award, and I am so thrilled we are getting to celebrate the breadth of their achievements, from tackling global challenges like biodiversity to local supports for neighbours in need, young people are consistently push themselves for others,” the CEO of Gaisce, Yvonne McKenna said.

Gaisce – the President’s Award is a programme that aims to foster and develop young people’s potential. It is a guided and supported framework that is provided for young people aged 14 -25 to explore their natural skills and gain confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical and community challenges.

 

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