Leigha Coade tells us her experience with the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

Leigha Coade 4Leigha Coade of Armagh, Co. Armagh, a student at St. Catherine’s College, was named an All-Ireland Youth Volunteer of 2013 for her work volunteering with children, fundraising events, a local charity shop and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

How did you hear about the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards?
My school informed me.

Who nominated you?
My head teacher

What activities were you nominated for?
Fundraising mostly. And charitable volunteering.

How did you find out you were a top 20 finalist in the 2013 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards?
My school received a letter and informed me straight away!

How did you feel being named 2013 All-Ireland Youth Volunteer of the Year?
Overwhelmed!

Tell us about your Washington, D.C. trip.
I had the best time ever! We got to meet so many inspirational people, and got involved in lots of activities.

What impact has the entire awards process had on you?
It gave me great self-satisfaction and makes me want to continue with my work as All-Ireland Youth Volunteer.

What would you say to other students who volunteer to encourage them to get involved?
Just do it! Don't even think about it as the results are amazing. You feel so good in yourself from giving something back.

What have you learned about yourself / the bigger picture?
I have learnt I can really push myself to reach the top. It only takes the small things.

What are you doing now - education, life, volunteering?
I am studying for my A2 Levels in secondary school. I am continuing with my fundraising for the CF Trust.