Wexford is well served at finals
A Wexford secondary school student did his school, his local Lions Club and the county proud at the recent Youth Ambassador of the 21st Century competition final which was held in Carrick-on-Suir.
Matthew Colgan from Kilrane is a fourth year student in Coláiste Eamonn Rís and a member of Comhairle na nÓg Loch Garman, an organisation that gives young people a voice on local services and policies.
He is president of the Young St Vincent de Paul programme at the CBS where the students are involved in a number of campaigns on subjects such as mental health, homelessness, well-being and food drives.
Matthew finished in second place; the overall winner was a sixth year student who represented Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club.
The judges were impressed with the high calibre of this year's applicants, and members of the chairing panel were also very impressed with the ethos and spirit of the competition, thanking the five Lions Clubs in the South-East region that participated.
The aim of the Young Ambassadors Award Programme, which operates throughout Europe, is to recognise, encourage and support young people who are actively involved in the welfare of the community, supporting the best of the Lions' ideals.
It is a competition that recognises young people (between the ages of 15 and 19) for their outstanding community service involvement, leadership accomplishments, and their speaking ability.
The programme encourages young people to see community service as an integral part of leadership skills. By celebrating achievement alongside community service, young people begin to understand the importance of clubs such as the Lions and its motto 'We Serve'.
Wexford Lions Club expressed their congratulations to Matthew on his fine performance, hoping that he would continue his hard work in next year's event. They also paid tribute to his teacher Joe Ryan and all of the staff at Wexford CBS for their help and encouragement.