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Teenager’s community work commended by Awards body

A Dromintee teenager has been selected as a finalist for an acclaimed community award.

Eighteen-year-old Megan Daly has been recognized in the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards for her voluntary work and service to her local community.

One of 20 finalists from across the country, the Our Lady’s Grammar School pupil earned her place through her eager willingness to take part in charity events and voluntary work.

Megan has previously travelled to Poland with Habitat for Humanity to help renovate homes for crisis-hit families.  While closer to home she is always a willing participant in charity fundraisers such as bag-packs for cancer charities and school events like the Romanian Shoe Box Appeal.

She is also heavily involved in working with young girls in her local community through the Catholic Guides of Ireland (CGI) group.

Having endured an exceptionally difficult time over the past few years, losing her mother to breast cancer and the passing of her grandfather with Motor Neurone Disease, Megan’s dedication to helping others has continued to shine, her teacher said: “Megan has demonstrated that she is a leader among young women and throughout all her difficulties has continued in her dedication to helping others.”

Megan says she hopes to emulate the integrity of her late mother through her work with her local Catholic Guides group.

“Through the CGI I hope that I can continue the work that my Mum did before she got ill and help young girls become more confident and speak up about their issues at a young age, as lessons and developing traits like that cannot come early enough in life,” she said.

All twenty finalists will receive €500, an invitation to next month’s Gala Awards dinner and recognition for their school, while two All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will also be selected from the finalists, each of whom will receive €1,000 for their chosen charity and a trip to the United States.