Éabha McMahon, from Cork, a sixth-year student at St Angela's College Cork, travelled to Kolkata in India with the Transition Year HOPE Immersion Programme to volunteer with the children living in Kolkata’s slums. A truly eye-opening experience, Éabha raised €3000 for the charity and has continued to raise awareness of the great work being done.

In 2017 Éabha also volunteered with the Edmund Rice Summer Camps working one-to-one with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Not only did she make new friendships, but the week-long camp gave Éabha a new skillset that she will be able to use for the rest of her life.

Mentoring has also been a big part of Éabha’s work and she has helped new first year students settle in school and is part of the Student Council. Éabha also volunteers with the Amber Flag initiative to encourage schools, colleges, clubs and societies, to promote and maintain positive mental health with young people.

“From the beginning Éabha impressed her peers and teachers with her strength of character, her enthusiasm and her capacity for hard work,” said Edel O'Donovan, deputy principal “It’s a mark of her maturity that she has been given so many positions of responsibility at such a young age and she consistently donates her time and talent to improving the wellbeing of those around her.”

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