Olympic Athlete Mark English encourages young volunteers to apply for #SOCAwards2017

09 August 2016

One of Ireland’s most revered athletes, Mark English from Letterkenny was on hand to launch this year’s awards.

Speaking at the event Mark said, “At the heart of all the volunteers that I have met throughout the course of my career is their caring attitude and it is great to see an awards programme that provides a platform for young volunteers from across Ireland to be recognised.”

“Pramerica believes in supporting young people committed to making a difference in their local communities, who see the challenges that society faces and are determined to create positive outcomes,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica.

“After 11 years, the stories of the contributions of these young people still makes me sit back in admiration,” she said. “I’m looking forward to finding out about the outstanding work of new volunteers across Ireland through our awards programme this year.”

Two overall winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in March 2017. These All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be awarded €1,000 each for their chosen charity and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual international Prudential Spirit of Community Awards celebration.

The 20 finalists will all be awarded €500 for their charities at the ceremony.