Sixteen inspirational students from Tipperary were presented with a Gaisce Silver Medal President’s Award for their outstanding community work and significant personal achievements at a special ceremony in the Aula Maxima in UCC on Thursday last.
The students, from Cashel Community School, Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel and Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel were among a group of almost 100 young people who were presented with their Gaisce Silver Awards from special guest, Olympic Silver Medalist, Gary O’Donovan.
Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages young people to find their passion and make a difference in their community. Every year, hundreds of driven, socially-aware and dedicated young people from around the country, between the ages of 15 and 25 step outside their comfort zone to make their community, and their country a better place.
The Gaisce Silver Awardees successfully completed four challenge areas for 26 weeks or more - developing a personal skill, volunteering in their community and participating in physical activity.
The Awardees also embarked on a three-day outdoor adventure journey as part of their Gaisce Award challenge.
Speaking on the night, Yvonne McKenna, Chief Executive of Gaisce – The President’s Award said, “The Gaisce awardees we celebrate tonight have risen to the challenge from the President of Ireland to dream big and fulfil their potential. They have shown enormous dedication, determination and hard work to complete their Silver Award Challenge and this is all about celebrating their achievements. In their pursuits, they have made Ireland a better place for a great many people.”
Keith Cunningham (KC), presenter of the KC show on Red FM MC’d the night, while performing at the event was Laura Duff, Irish Youth Music Awards winner.