Foróige Leaders (volunteers) from Tipperary have been honoured by President Michael D. Higgins as part of the charity’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Speaking at the 42nd Annual Foróige Leaders’ Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin, President Higgins said:
“In my inaugural speech, I spoke of the importance of active citizenship and I believe that the value of volunteerism in any community should be recognised for the life enhancing good it does in just about every corner of our island.”
Paying tribute to the organisation as a whole, President Higgins continued:
“So much of what Foróige does nurtures the curious mind, prepares it for adult life, and also provides young people with valuable skill sets to meet challenges. The range of services and opportunities you provide are hugely impressive by any standard including a number of firsts; the first organisation to provide general youth work services in disadvantaged areas; for example, working with An Garda Siochána to roll out one of the first Garda Youth Diversion Projects; Drug and Alcohol Prevention Projects; bringing the internationally proven one to one mentoring programme ‘Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ to Ireland.”
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