Orlaith praised for work with elderly
A KISKEAM teenager who has continuously rolled up her sleeves and helped the elderly will be honoured at the West Cork Youth Garda Awards in Macroom this Friday.
Orlaith McAuliffe (17) from Knocknaugh has been an active supporter of and helper to the local senior citizens group. She attends on a weekly basis and helps with the preparation of meals as well as the cleaning up afterwards.
According to the awards judges, Orlaith has always displayed a very caring and warm personality as she helps those around her.
Fundraising the trip herself, Orlaith has also travelled to Lourdes as a helper and when there she helped those less fortunate than herself, giving her time and energy.
She also regularly attends Kanturk Community Hospital and provides musical entertainment and much needed friendly visits to the patients.
As outlined by the judges, Orlaith is a great believer in community and her warm nature ensures that she has a tremendous impact on those she comes into contact with.
Orlaith also plays the violin and does sean nos dancing and is a Leaving Certificate student at Boherbue Comprehensive School.
She is also well known on the playing pitch where she wears the number 5 jersey on the Boherbue Intermediate team.
The daughter of Patrick and Kay McAuliffe, Oralith told The Corkman that she was delighted to receive the award.
Her former child minder, Hannah Cronin, along with her daughters, had put Orlaith's name forward.
Despite Orlaith now being in Leaving Certificate, she still joins Hannah every Friday in Kiskeam where the senior citizens meet and where Hannah has been their co-ordinator for 18 years. She said that Hannah will also join her family for the awards ceremony.
The other winner in the Kanturk district who will pick up her award on Friday night at the Riverside Hotel, Macroom is Ellen O'Leary of Lisnaboy, Cullen.
The 17 year-old is very committed to the Rathmore Social Action Group, which encourages young adults to take an active part in community life and to care for the needs of the young and the elderly.
Ellen has also been involved in a variety of fundraising activities, including a flag day as well as door to door collections and an annual fast.
During the 2012 Ring of Kerry Cycle, Ellen was happy to help with the provision of refreshments, administration work, and practical assistance on the day, as the work began at 4am for the cycle.
She has also successfully completed both Bronze and Silver Gaisce awards.