Bronagh’s a super volunteer!

Anne Sands, Principal of St Patrick's College with Bronagh O'Kane, ward recipient. 0504SJ101
Anne Sands, Principal of St Patrick's College with Bronagh O'Kane, ward recipient. 0504SJ101

Dungiven student Bronagh O’Kane is among a number of Roe Valley students recognised for heir voilunteering efforts.

Charity, Limavady Community Development Initiative, accompanied young volunteers to the Millennium Forum to celebrate their fantastic achievement over the last year.

Chair of the Northern Ireland Education Committee, Mervyn Storey addressed attendees and presented certificates at the Millennium Volunteers Awards of Excellence Ceremony held last week.

Ten local volunteers from the Limavady Borough achieved the Millennium Volunteers top award for voluntary work, including Bronagh. They clocked up a very impressive 2,000 hours of volunteering between them in the last year!

Limavady Volunteer Centre is a ‘Delivery Partner’ for the programme and is keen to attract young people into volunteering.

Centre Manager Mary McNickle said young people represent all that is good about volunteering in that their activity supports the individual, the placement organisation and the local community.

“At a time when young people often get a bad press, these volunteers are a credit to their schools, their families and to the Borough.”

Centre Assistant Julie Connolly, who accompanied the volunteers, said, “Volunteering enables you to give something back to your community, creates a new circle of friends and provides personal development and training opportunities. It is also great for your CV, application and UCAS forms and can help determine your career path. Most importantly, it’s fun!”

Bronagh O’Kane, who’s an A Level student at St. Patrick’s College, Dungiven, said: “Over the past year I worked hard to reach my 200-hour target. I’m still continuing my voluntary work with Comhaltas Dungiven branch as youth officer, the Dungiven St. Vincent de Paul youth group and Benbradagh Community Association. It’s been a very rewarding experience and one I would certainly suggest to other young people.”

Conor Lavery, Bronagh O’Kane’s Year Head said; “Bronagh has shown an exceptional level of commitment while reaching her Millennium Volunteer Award 200 hour target. The real measure of character is that Bronagh continues to give up her time after, completing the award, to support all the groups she has worked so closely with during this past year. Bronagh’s achievements and genuine concern for others sets her apart as a role model for all the pupils in our school”

If you are a young person who would like to begin volunteering, join the Millennium Volunteer Award scheme or an organisation in need of volunteers, please call into Limavady Volunteer Centre at LCDI, call 777 65438 or visit our website