Foróige member Ashling Dunphy, from Carrick-On-Suir is among the finalists in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, which celebrate young people for their volunteer work, and the positive contribution they make in their local community.
Following the devestation caused by Storm Frank in January 2016, Ashling mobilised a clean-up initiative to assist locals who had lost their homes, or who's homes had been damaged.
Using social media to recruit other volunteers, Ashling led a group of 11 young people who offered support and comfort to those effected, especially the elderly.
Given the nickname 'Angels in Wellies', Ashling and the group worked closely with Foróige, Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue, and sought guidance from local authorities to carry out the work. Their efforts were also recognised with a Gold Star Award at the Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards 2016, in partnership with Aldi Ireland.
Ashling has been heavily involved in Foróige, participating in Citizenship, Leadership, and has just been elected to the Reference Panel. She is currently in fourth year at Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.
Deputy school principal Kathleen O'Donovan Ryan said:
“Ashling is a very caring and genuine person who only wants the best for people in her own local town and in Ireland.
She is a true gem and someone very few teachers will ever have the good fortune to encounter in their teaching career.
For me, she has renewed my faith in young people and given me hope for the future."
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards Gala Dinner will take place on 23rd March 2017.