Laois post primary students who volunteer in their community, at school or abroad, are being invited to enter a national competition with cash prizes totalling €12,000 and a trip to the United States.
Students are being encouraged to enter the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD.
“Volunteering is a fantastic way to contribute to your local community and make a real difference. These awards recognise and honour volunteers, so I would encourage students to enter and I wish them the very best of luck.” she said.
To apply for a 2015 award, students must download the application at www.pramerica.ie/spirit, and then submit the completed form to their school principal by October 24. Principals have until 7 November to nominate students for national-level recognition. Every school can submit a maximum of two applications.
Twenty finalists will be selected and each will win a cash prize of €500, an invitation to the Gala Awards dinner and recognition for their school. Two All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be selected, each receiving €1,000 for their chosen charity and a trip to the US.