Kira McDonnell (Belfast, Co. Antrim), a student at St. Dominic High School, is a very active member of her local community. As a head alter server at her local church, Kira trains new altar servers enabling her to act as a positive youth role model within the Church. In addition, Kira volunteers within her GAA Club as a juvenile coach for young GAA players aged 4- to 8-year-olds. She was awarded the first Female Juvenile Club Volunteer of the Year award for her work within her GAA Club.

Her volunteer work extends to her membership within the National Citizenship Service where she has received the Millennium Volunteer 100 Hours award for her work on a social action plan which included renovating charity facilities and volunteering with Homelessness Aware.

“Kira is a wonderful role model for other young people in our Parish Community and is interested in what they are doing and how they are getting on both in school and in their lives,” says Father Brendan Hickland of St Teresa of Avila. “Kira is always pleasant, considerate and willing to assist in whatever way she can. She does so with a smile that is rare to find these days and it is always a good day when one meets Kira. We are immensely proud of her here in our Parish.”

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