Spirit of Community award for Scoil Ruain student

Shannon Stapleton, a Transition Year student at Scoil Ruain has been named as one of 20 finalists nationally in the sixth annual Pramerica Spirit of the Community Award.

Shannon Stapleton, a Transition Year student at Scoil Ruain has been named as one of 20 finalists nationally in the sixth annual Pramerica Spirit of the Community Award.

On March 28, Shannon and the 19 other finalists will be honoured at a gala dinner in Derry. Shannon will be presented with an engraved silver medallion and a cheque for €500 on this occasion. In addition, two of the finalists will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year at the awards dinner and will receive €1000 for a charity of their choice, a gold medallion and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in The Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards ceremony.

Shannon’s dad lost his sight as a young man and she spends much of her time helping him - Shannon takes Dad on walks where she describes for him the colours, scenery and animals in the fields. She also chats to him, takes him shopping, on visits to her nanny and to parties sponsored by the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Shannon lives with her parents and older brother in Ballynonty Village. She is the youngest of five children and enjoys being spoiled by them all.

“We are delighted to honour the achievements of Shannon,” said Henry McGarvey. “Our programme is unique because we unearth the inspirational efforts of our youth that take place quietly in local communities around Ireland.”

Read the full story in The Nationalist, this Wednesday.