Volunteering among young people n Co. Louth was alive and well and contributing substantially to society and to the self development of those involved. This was the view of Independent MEP Marian Harkin following her visits to the Dundalk Youth Centre and St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda to launch a photographic competition entitled ‘Lens a Hand’ which is organised by Louth Volunteer Centre. The competition is aimed at promoting and encouraging volunteering in Co. Louth.
Referring to the theme for the competition ‘capture the spirit of volunteering in Louth’ Marian Harkin said that her visit to St. Oliver’s community College and to Dundalk Youth Centre had shown her that many young people without even being aware of it, were engaging in volunteering involving projects with organisations like St. Vincent de Paul and the Lions Club.
“I was hugely impressed by the young people I met while launching the ‘Lens a Hand’ competition and I emphasised to them the value of being able to include in any CV they would be using in the future a reference to involvement in volunteering”, she said. To be able to indicate such involvement to a potential employer could make the difference in getting the job where the employer was considering applications from candidates with equal academic qualifications”, Independent MEP Marian Harkin said.