Daniel Cronin, Foróige volunteer is one of 6 finalists in the hotly contested Calor Community Champion competition. He has received thousands and thousands of votes to get him to this phase of the competition. In 2011, Daniel set up the Ballineen Foróige Club in Co. Cork and also acts as Public Relations Officer for the West Cork Foróige District. We caught up with Daniel to find out more about his volunteering experience with Foróige.
What do you gain from volunteering with the club?
I suppose it gives me a sense of fulfilment. When dealing with young people, you develop friendships with them. It’s great to see young people develop into role models, trendsetters and see how they develop as young people.
We can sometimes take for granted the community that we live in. People and communities co-depend on each other and through volunteering, especially through Foróige - it allows me to contribute and give back to my community. It also demonstrates and allows young people to understand that they too can bridge the gap that can occur in communities without volunteerism.
Why I Volunteer
I wouldn't volunteer if I didn't enjoy it. Every week is a learning curve both for the members and myself. It has developed me as a person. The fact that I can see young people become creators of change from a young age within their communities is the most rewarding experience. Foróige provides the ideology that allows the young to take matters into their own hands. It allows them to be a positive citizens of their own community, allows them build relationships and confidence, develop excellent life skills and a sense of belonging.
It has been amazing to have become such a successful club in such a short time. What we’ve achieved, what we have learned and the impact it has had on the community and the members. I wouldn't change anything for the world and here’s hoping it'll continue this strong right into the future!