Eighteen year old Aine Stafford, a sixth-year student at Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel has been named on the list of top 20 youth volunteers of 2014.
Aine fundraises for cystic fibrosis facilities in Waterford Regional Hospital and volunteers for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. The award judges called her efforts “remarkable and inspiring.”
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards is the only programme in Ireland that honours and celebrates youth volunteerism.
volunteerism is quite REMARKABLE AND SIMPLE
Pramerica’s Caroline Faulkner said, “Aine is a youth leader of today and will certainly be a leader of tomorrow. Her volunteerism is quite remarkable and her motivation is quite simple – to give back, to make a difference. I congratulate her for being one of the top youth volunteers in Ireland.”
Aine has won an engraved silver medallion and €500 and is in line for the top overall award.
Aine set up the St. Julia Conference in her school for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.
After raising €4,000 for the charity, she continues her legacy of giving by mentoring her peers on how to continue her work.
Last year, Aine travelled to Lourdes as a volunteer.
While there, she looked after sick pilgrims and transported them to and from Mass.
Aine also helps connect older people with their families abroad by teaching them basic computer skills, how to use Skype and how to send e-mail.
Máire McMahon, national secretary of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul says,
“Without the work and effort of the St. Julia Conference, I can say for certain there would have been families in Clonmel who would not have had a memorable Christmas”.