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Friday 29 August 2014

Merit awards for community-minded students

Bill Browne

Published 27/03/2014 | 05:26

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TWO students from the Patrician Academy in Mallow have been honoured by their school for their outstanding voluntary work within the local community.

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Leaving Cert student Solomon Adebisi and 4th year pupil James Ronayne were presented with certificates of merit by Donal O'Buachalla of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals at a ceremony in the school.

Addressing the gathering school Principal Catherine Fitzpatrick expressed her delight and pride at the leadership the students had displayed.

"These two outstanding young men are role models to us all, not just young people," she said.

James was recently including in the list of Ireland's top 20 youth volunteers by the organisers of the 2014 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.

He was honoured for his dedication and commitment to fundraise for the suicide awareness charity Pieta House.

At the age of 14 James climbed Kilimanjaro and raised a staggering €55,000 in the process.

An active member of the Patrician student council and chairperson of the TY Young Social Innovators project, which this year focused on the issue of homelessness.

Outside of school, James is also very giving of his time and teaches drama to young children with the local drama group centre stage.

He is also soon to visit Calcutta with the Hope Foundation.

An accomplished athlete in his own right, Solomon was recognised for his tireless volunteer work with the community games. In addition to coaching young people in Mallow, Solomon has been instrumental in the organisation of a number of national sporting events.

In recognition of his work on behalf of others he was awarded a certificate for outstanding volunteerism.

Mr O'Buachalla commended both students on heir respective achievements, which he said emphasised the benefits of volunteerism and showed "we all have the capacity to help in our communities."

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