Five Foroige volunteers attend national conference

By Esther Hayden

Foroige volunteers Elena Potignano, Martina Kearney, Kathleen Coughlan, Siobhan Murphy and Anne Potignano.
Foroige volunteers Elena Potignano, Martina Kearney, Kathleen Coughlan, Siobhan Murphy and Anne Potignano.

Five women from across Wexford represented the county at the 45th Annual Foróige Volunteers' Conference.

The five volunteers, Elena Potignano (Askamore), Martina Kearney (Bunclody), Kathleen Coughlan (Boolavogue), Siobhan Murphy (Bunclody) and Anne Potignano (Askamore) were amongst the more than 200 Foróige volunteers from all over the country who took part in the conference, themed 'Nurturing Young People's Potential - the Volunteer's Role', which was held in the Cork International Airport Hotel recently.

Figures released at the conference show the organisation now works with 54,000 young people and 5,500 volunteers each year through a network of 600 clubs, 150 projects and national programmes.

'The number of lives impacted by Foróige is quite staggering; one in ten young people in Ireland are involved with Foróige, with thousands of volunteers leading the way, ensuring our young people have a secure and fun place to develop in our communities,' said Michael Lynskey, Chairperson of Foróige.

The conference celebrated the importance of volunteerism, with delegates hearing that 403,108 volunteer hours powered the work of Foróige in one year alone.

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