MEET OUR 17-24 WINGS AWARD WINNERS 2018!

Friday April 27th 2018

And now for the grand finale….last but definitely not least, here are our 17-24 age category Wings Award Winners!

Meet Ciara…

Ciara was nominated by Ulster University, Jordanstown for her commitment to promoting basketball and netball at the university. She has taken on a Chairperson role within the club, trains eight times a week herself, referees games, arranges matches and training, was awarded ‘Fresher of the Year’ last year and her efforts have resulted in an increase of 150%  in students taking part in wheelchair basketball. Ciara, we don’t know when you get time to sleep!!

 

 

Meet Caitrín…

Caitrín was nominated by the Chairperson of her Irish Dance School for participating in the two sports of Camogie & Irish Dancing at the highest level, requiring sacrifice, dedication and commitment. She has several Ulster and World titles to her name in Irish dancing, including being part of a routine that achieved a ‘perfect score’ at an International Festival last summer. Caitrín makes time in her busy schedule to help teach the younger pupils, passing on her passion for dance. She is also an extremely talented Camóg, winning countless County & Ulster titles and was awarded the Gaelic Life Player of the Year in 2015. What a role model, showing that with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything!

 

Meet Ryan…

Ryan was nominated by his family friend and neighbour, Maria for his tireless fundraising for various charities through profits raised by his business “Ryan’s Cookie Box”. Ryan sells his delicious baked goods providing a local community service via his “Cookie Box” positioned at the end of his garden, customers leave their money in an honesty box with monthly total profit in excess of £600! Ryan donates his monthly profits to various charities such as Marie Curie, Medicines Sans Frontiers, Age NI, Air Ambulance NI and Adsum Foundation. We were delighted to see Ryan got his Great British Bake Off-inspired yellow mixer! Ryan you were an absolute gentleman to meet and I hope someday soon we can sample more of those amazing brownies!

 

Meet Janda…

Janda was nominated by her teacher at St. Mary’s College, Derry for helping others overcome challenges and adversity. Janda arrived in Derry from Syria in 2016 and immediately threw herself into the local community. She began teaching English to other refugees, but also teaching Kurdish and Arabic to local people, enabling friends and neighbours to communicate better with the Syrian community in Derry. Janda also leads `field trips` to the town centre, to help newcomers recognise the different street signs and help them find their way around, as well as showing them how to take buses and taxis back to their homes. She translates for other refugees during medical appointments and is an integral part of her community. Janda you blew us away with your selfless means to do your best for both sides of your community and you are an inspiration to all of us!

 

How amazing are our Wings Award Winners? We can’t wait to make this an annual event, so get the thinking caps on to nominate an amazing young person for the Michaela Foundation Wings Awards 2019!!