Michael Carroll, from Tipperary, a sixth-year student at Borrisokane Community College Borrisokane, was motivated to become involved with the mental health awareness charity ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ in 2014 when local sport and musician stars including Bressie and Seamus Hennessy, a local Tipperary hurler gave a talk at his school. Focusing on the positive effects that physical activity can have on people’s mental health, Michael helped to organise a 5km fun run and is now one of the charity’s Student Leader Ambassadors.

In his role as an ambassador, Michael helped to run a Christmas market stall selling ‘Cycle against Suicide’ merchandise. He worked tirelessly to promote the Student Leaders Congress recording a music video to engage people on social media and spread the word about the event. Michael has inspired other students in his school to become involved with the charity and through his volunteer work has made friends for life.

“Michael is a young man with many admirable qualities. He is a hard and meticulous worker and as well as his work with the charity he has assisted the young students make the transition from primary to secondary school,” said Matthew Carr, school principal. “He has coped very well with his own personal tragedy, losing his mum at such a young age and I recommend him highly and without reservation for this award.”

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