Gerard Heneghan (Ballinasloe, Co. Galway), a student from Glenamaddy Community School, volunteers with FirstLight for which he has raised over €10,000 through three fundraisers – a 5K run and two barn dances. Gerard was involved in all areas of organisation of the most recent barn dance, from the initial planning to setting up on the day of the dance. The event welcomed approximately 450 people and the money raised went to FirstLight research and the support of suddenly bereaved parents and families.

“Gerard has undertaken all aspects of these fundraising initiatives himself, including the planning of events, the securing of venues, of sponsorships, bands, MCs, publicity, promotion etc.,” say Fionnuala Sheehan, CEO of Firstlight. “Firstlight feels very fortunate indeed to have the support of Gerard. He is the most deserving candidate for the 2019 Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards I would highly recommend Gerard for an Award.”

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