Name: Liadh Hanley, Sixth Year, St. Angela's College, Co. Cork

Background: Since Transition year Liadh has been actively volunteering. She volunteers as a barista in Roots Coffee House, and in the summer assisted with money management, coffee making, and customer service.

A talented writer, Liadh wrote a children's book about disabilities called ‘Upside Down’ that incredibly went on to get published. News reached The Cork University Maternity Hospital who provide copies to patients and families with children with Down Syndrome - Liadh hopes this will help to raise as much awareness as she can about disabilities.

Liadh has also volunteered in Douglas Nursing Home, serving residents tea, coffee and their meals as well as playing the violin, providing much needed entertainment for the residents to enjoy. Fundraising for many charities including the Hope Foundation, the Cork Simon Community and Pieta House, Liadh has a true passion for helping those in need and travelled to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation's Immersion Programme volunteering with local projects that help and support children and adolescents in the slums of Kolkata.

Liadh’s motivation for volunteering: “I first volunteered in Transition Year when I visited Kolkata with the Hope Foundation. I found this experience so rewarding that I was inspired to carry out more volunteer work closer to home.”

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