Sisters receive ‘Award of Excellence’

SISTERS Maria and Catherine Tennyson from Magherafelt have been recognised for giving up their time to volunteer.

The St Mary’s Grammar School students received an ‘Award of Excellence’ after dedicating 200 hours to helping others.

The young volunteers from the Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre were among four hundred young people aged 14 – 24 within Northern Ireland to received the prestigious certificates from John O’Dowd, Minister for Education.

Praising the girls, Joanne McAuley, Recruitment and Placement Officer said, “The contribution these local young people make to our community is significant.

“Not only are they making a difference to local people, but they are also gaining valuable experience and skills for their own future.”

Speaking about her experience volunteering, Maria Tennyson said: “Becoming a volunteer has changed my outlook on life.

“Not only have I become more compassionate and understanding, I have also thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot about myself along the way.

“I would really encourage people to become involved in volunteering and make a real difference. Volunteering in a special needs school was a heart rendering experience and has influenced my career choice,” she said.

Sister Catherine added: “Being a volunteer has opened my eyes to the numerous opportunities there are to help out in my local community.

“I found it a very fulfilling experience and enjoyed the programme so much that I have continued regularly volunteering, even after completing my 200 hours.”

If you’re interested in volunteering or already volunteer but would like to get the recognition for your hard work, contact Joanne on 028 8676 1122, or visit our website for further information