Rachel McGowan

from Derry, a sixth year student from St. Cecilia’s College, volunteers with a unique holistic drop in centre for young people who are affected by addiction called HURT (Have Your Tomorrows).


Inspired when the founder of the group spoke at one of her school assembly’s, Rachel was motivated to try and help her peers who were becoming involved in alcohol and drugs. She is now a qualified mentor and delivers talks to youth groups on the dangers of alcohol and drugs.  She designed and produced a poster and DVD regarding foetal alcohol syndrome. Rachel is also a keen member of her school choir and wrote a single to raise funds for the HURT centre.


“Rachel’s contribution to her community is nothing less than outstanding”, said school principal Martine Mulhern. “A modest girl, Rachel benefits all those she works with and continues to give people in her local area the most important gift of all…her time!"