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David Giles from Cork and Kayla Canning from Derry who were the two outstanding youth volunteers that have been named winners of the 2019 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennells
David Giles from Cork and Kayla Canning from Derry who were the two outstanding youth volunteers that have been named winners of the 2019 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennells
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Cork teenager is named youth volunteer of the year

A Cork teenager who volunteers at nursing homes and at Marymount Hospice provides entertainment to residents has been named winner of the 2019 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.

David Giles, a student at Ardscoil Ui Urmoltaigh in Bandon was selected from hundreds of young volunteers from across the country and recognised for the initiative, effort and impact demonstrated during his volunteer service. 

David was announced the winner at the Pramerica Spirit of Community awards ceremony, which was held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

He was presented with a gold medallion, €1,000 for a charity of his choice, a crystal trophy for his school as well as an expenses-paid trip to attend the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington D.C. where he will have the opportunity to meet other young volunteers from across the United States.

David volunteers at St. Michael’s Centre for the Elderly, Marymount Hospice and Bushmount Nursing Home in Clonakilty, where he often provides musical entertainment to residents. 

As chairperson of Newcestown Foróige and the 2017 Big Breakfast Event, he helped raise €2,800 for local charities. He was also heavily involved in the organisation of the 5K Breast Cancer Fun Run, which raises awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Ireland.

The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards are in partnership with the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).

“I personally want to congratulate David and complement him on the incredible voluntary service that he carries out in his community, said Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals.

“The ardent mindset that he utilises in his town is having a truly positive impact on the lives of his neighbours. We know that the work he carries out in his spare time is not unappreciated by the people and communities he cares for, it is a proud moment for his family and school, and this national appreciation is something that he richly deserves. We in the NAPD are delighted to be a part of it.”