Foróige volunteer Killian O'Kelly has been shortlisted out of 100's of nominations for the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Killian has been supporting the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project for 5 years now. Caroline Cooke, youth worker at the Project nominated Killian and explains why. "When the Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project were told we had to cut the project 5 years ago as we had no space to work from due to lack of funding, Killian offered the project his own business space to work from for a full year free of charge.
This allowed us to sustain the project. Five years on and the project is really going from strength to strength. We are now a full time Youth Project in Bundoran with over 22 volunteers and with huge community and family support. Our services are now on offer to more than 200 young people and families in the Bundoran area alone.
Not only did Killian support the project when we needed it most but he also came on board and offered free surf lessons to over 30 young people every summer throughout the last 5 years. Some of the young people who started out learning to surf 5 years ago are now youth surf coaches! Killian has provided endless opportunities for the young people. The young people look up and admire Killian as such a positive role model. They really admire the way he is always so kind, giving, and supportive and more importantly fun to be around. We could never thank Killian enough for all he does for the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project.
He is never too busy to help others. One of the nicest things about Killian is that he has no idea what a difference he makes to help others."
We are incredibly proud of Killian and wish him all the very best of luck at the Volunteer Ireland Awards. He's already a winner to us!