Clíodhna Malone

from Newbridge, Co Kildare, a fifth year student from Holy Family Secondary School, began volunteering at the age of nine to help her brother who has autism, and her friend who has Down syndrome.

Clíodhna volunteers with Jumping Jellybeans which is a club for children with special needs and encourages the children there to take part in the classes and helps them follow instructions. She is a buddy to many children at the club who have autism, Down syndrome and chromosome disorders. Through her work at the Club, Clíodhna was introduced to CARA Projects,a charity that completes volunteering projects in Kenya.In February 2016 she travelled to Nairobi to volunteer at a Girls Refuge Centre. She was the youngest member of the team and she raised over €2,000 for the organisation.

“Clíodhna has consistently shown herself to be a caring, compassionate, positive and co-operative person,” says School principal Angela Ryan. She is bright articulate and hugely empathetic to the needs of those around her.”