Age 16, Antrim
Social action has always been important to me. Whether it’s fundraising for charity through sponsored silences (a favourite of our teachers!), annual harbour jumps for Spina Bifida, cutting off my hair, volunteering at the Special Olympics Development Day, or mentoring girls at school, helping others is a part of who I am.
Every week I go to Guides, where I help lead activities for younger girls as a trained Peer Educator, as well as delivering sessions for other youth groups around the country. Last summer I got to go to Mexico with the Guides and spent some time with children at an orphanage, which was so rewarding.
The cause that’s closest to my heart has to be Marie Curie Cancer Care. Last year the nurses at Marie Curie looked after my Dad, so it’s a charity I’ve supported wholeheartedly ever since. Most recently I completed a 10km sponsored walk for the charity, and soon I’ll be starting as a street collector for them, hoping to raise their profile in the local community.
Seeing the impact I can have on those in need through charities like Marie Curie has been so rewarding, and it’s wonderful to be able to motivate younger students to make a difference to a cause they care about too.