2013 Volunteer Ireland Awards, Children and Youth

Killian O’ Kelly, Foróige

Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Category Winner

Killian has been a volunteer in Foróige for over 5 years. Killian O'Kelly came to the rescue of his local Foróige Youth and Family support project 5 years ago when the project received a cut in funding from the HSE. Killian offered a free space for the youth project to continue in his very own business, free of charge, for a full year until Foróige were able to build up enough funds to secure their own rent. Killian then came on board as a volunteer and began providing surf coaching to the young people in the project free of charge every summer for 4 months, helping young people to learn and develop a skill that could stay with them for life. This was the highlight of the young people's summer and every week 60 young people could avail of this wonderful free service thanks to Killian and his kind nature.

Killian also got involved in the Bundoran NYP Make a Wish that allocated 30 wishes to come true for young people in the area. As a keen RNLI volunteer, Killian has also offered free life saving classes to the young people of Bundoran. Caroline Cooke nominated Killian for a Volunteer Ireland Award, she said “in a time where we need it most, Killian provides something that can seem so simple but yet makes a huge difference, his time. One parent involved in the project had said to me before that if every community around Ireland had a Killian O'Kelly in it, then the country would be rich with kindness, value, hope and a very bright future for young people and families.”

 

Photo courtesy of Shane Smyth