St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
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Daniella is Pramerica’s Top Youth Volunteer 2018

21 Mar 2018

 

Daniella Timperley, a Year 13 student at St Louis Grammar, has been named as Ireland’s Top Youth Volunteer at the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards in Dublin on Thursday 22nd March.

 

Twenty outstanding young people were recognised from across the island of Ireland for the exemplary volunteer work carried out in their local communities. Daniella went on to win this prestigious award along with one other young person from Dublin, Daniel Gosson.

The programme which is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield.

 

The post-primary students were presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the awards ceremony in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. This year the top two Junior Honourees also received an additional €500 for their chosen charity for the first time.

 

As a winner, Daniella went on to be awarded a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for her school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

 

Daniella was delighted with her achievement, 'I have been involved with Women's Aid ABCLN from a young age completing 4 OCN accreditations and making 2 fixers film to raise awareness of domestic violence and coercive control. In 2015, I began representing Women's Aid on the BBC Children in Need youth panel helping to voice the needs of those helped by Women's Aid. I also raised money and travelled to Romania with my previous school St. Benedict's College in Randalstown to buy supplies, visit homes and organise activities for children.

 

It was such an honour to even be nominated for a Pramerica Spirit of Community Award by my head of year in St. Louis Grammar School, but being named an All-Ireland youth volunteer of the year is truly amazing.

 

The ceremony was held in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and the day itself was incredible as I got to meet so many inspirational young people that will now be my lifelong friends. The guest speaker at the event, Joanne O'Riordan, was exceptional at the event and she didn't fail to put a smile on everyone's faces. From winning this award I will be travelling to Washington DC in late April and €500 and an additional €1000 euro for charity. I am very motivated now to do much more volunteering in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed the event and it is a day I will never forget.'

 

 

 



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