Top award for spirited Laura

SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY. . . . Foyle College student Laura Baldrick, from Drumahoe, pictured receiving her Pramerica Spirit of Community Award 2012 from Mr. Henry McGarvey, Managing Director, Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. at the College on Thursday morning. At back left is Dr. Patrick Carton, Senior Vice Principal and, right, Ms. Hazel Eakin, Head of Business Studies, Foyle College. 2402JM08
SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY. . . . Foyle College student Laura Baldrick, from Drumahoe, pictured receiving her Pramerica Spirit of Community Award 2012 from Mr. Henry McGarvey, Managing Director, Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. at the College on Thursday morning. At back left is Dr. Patrick Carton, Senior Vice Principal and, right, Ms. Hazel Eakin, Head of Business Studies, Foyle College. 2402JM08

A 17 years-old teenager has been named one of 20 winners in the sixth annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.

Laura Baldrick, a student at Foyle College has been volunteering weekly with the Foyle Down Syndrome Trust,

Laura assists with activities that help children with special needs. She builds their confidence, and helps them strengthen their teamwork and communication skills. She also lends a hand on day trips and with fundraising activities.

Laura also volunteers at her local Barnardo’s charity shop every Saturday and during school holidays.

In addition, she participates in local street collections and bag packs.

With her church youth group, Laura dedicates weekends to organising programmes for community development and church-based activities, including fundraising for the missionaries.

Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards showcases the outstanding acts of volunteerism demonstrated by second-level students across Ireland.

On the 28th of March, Laura and 19 other finalists will be honoured at a gala awards dinner in Derry.

They will also receive b500 and an engraved silver medallion, presented by John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison.