The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme recognises and rewards post-primary/second-level students for volunteer work carried out in their communities, through an exciting initiative that provides recognition and generous financial rewards to the finalists.
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards is sponsored by Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited, a Prudential Financial Inc. (PFI) company, in partnership with the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme is supported by notable organisations such as Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland Foroige and Scouting Ireland.
This Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme was launched on an all-Ireland basis in 2006. Since then the programme has honoured more than 2000 outstanding volunteers from over 300 schools across Ireland. It has elicited praise from educators, parents, elected officials and news media for communicating to young people the importance of volunteer service in their communities. Among the prominent personalities who have participated in the programme are Bertie Ahern, John Hume, Caitriona Ruane, Mickey Harte, Declan Kidney, John Lonergan, David Coleman, Martin O’Neill, Brent Pope and Niall Breslin (Bressie).Information packs and instructions to apply for the Spirit of Community Awards are circulated to schools annually in early September.