Shane Lawless from Co Galway, a fifth-year student at Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Carnmore, became passionate about the care of those less able or fortunate around him after his godmother passed away at the very young age of 36. This inspired Shane to raise €4,000 for The Burren Chernobyl Project. He filled a container full of humanitarian aid through collection points and directly approaching individuals and companies to part with shoes, pharmaceutical equipment and medicine.

Closer to home Shane has been involved for five years with the Claregalway and District Day Care centre assisting elderly citizens, active listening, gardening and playing music. He is also intimately involved the Brian Tumour Support Group Western Region, Galway Hospice and Carnmore hurling club as a volunteer and has achieved Gaisce and the John Paul Award for his commitment to these causes.

“Shane’s efforts across his community and further afield are actively noticed by those around him. He is an excellent student who works hard to stay involved in what’s going on around the school. He has given everything to his endeavours and never seeks recognition for the work he carries out. His application, work ethic and kindness are exemplary,” commented Emma Ryan, deputy principal.

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