Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. honoured Emma Lacey, a sixth-year student at Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel, for her outstanding volunteer work during the seventh annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards gala held in Kilkenny.
Emma and 19 other Pramerica Spirit of Community finalists throughout Ireland received €500 and an engraved silver medallion.
“I would like to congratulate Emma on her achievements,” said media personality David Coleman, a clinical psychologist, broadcaster and author who was guest speaker on the night. “I have no doubt she will inspire others to volunteer and leave a legacy of altruism. Ireland can be proud of each of the finalists ,” said Coleman.
Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. sponsors the Pramerica Spirit of Community programme in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme, introduced seven years ago, encourages youth volunteerism throughout Ireland, and identifies and rewards young role models.
Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer at Pramerica, said, “Students such as Emma are the future of Ireland. Their leadership skills know no bounds, but more than that, they have a deep sense of community which is what our country needs,” she said.
Emma volunteered with the local Special Olympics club and spent her summers playing music to raise funds for Trocaire, The Carers Association, Hospice, Meals on Wheels, swimming club, G.A.A clubs and community groups.
Emma also raised €1,700 to cover the cost of a trip to Nairobi. While in Nairobi, she spent two weeks at Shalom Academy School, Laini Saba Primary School and St. Paul’s Care Home, an orphanage for abandoned children.