On October 12th, the University of Limerick presented 83 students with the first ever UL President’s Volunteer Award, honoring the voluntary commitment of UL Students to the community. Barry Kennedy, a Scouter and Rover Scout from the 23rd Limerick Scouts in Caherdavin , a fourth year student of Computer Systems, received the Gold Award for logging over 60 hours of service with his Scout Group during the last academic year.
Professor Don Barry, President of UL thanked all the students for their ongoing efforts in the community despite the challenges placed upon them by their academic commitments.
36 students received the award for volunteering with 27 external organizations including Girl Guides, Order of Malta, Limerick Rape Crisis Centre, Clare Youth Services, Doras Luimni, Enable Ireland and the Northside Learning Hub. A further 69 students volunteered their time within the UL community; in the Students Union, Clubs and Societies, Peer Mentoring and the UL Access Campus, a new imitative to help school children from disadvantaged areas progress to further education.
Barry has been an active member of the Caherdavin Scout Group since joining as a Beaver in 1993. Today he is a Scouter, alternating between Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures as well as being a Rover Scout. Barry assists with administration, participates on the quartermaster team and runs the group website. This year Barry took part in the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in July and was one of two representatives for Scouting Ireland at the International Peace Camp in Saudi Arabia in September.
Barry said he was delighted to receive the award. He praised his fellow students for having such a positive impact in the community and hoped that more students would take up the challenge of volunteer work. For more details on the President’s Volunteer Award check out http://www.ulpva.ie