Updated: 20/07/11 : 06:50:41
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IT Student in Celebration of European Year of Volunteering

An IT Sligo student who has a strong record of volunteering with older people in Sligo is featured in a national exhibition in celebration of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. The exhibition is sponsored by Campus Engage, the national network for the promotion of civic engagement in Irish higher education.

A student of Applied Social Studies, Mark Millar is one of 20 students featured in the exhibition which is currently being hosted by Marian Harkin MEP and French MEP Cécile Levieil in the European Parliament in Brussels. Mark received a bursary to attend the launch of the exhibition in the European Parliament as a guest of Marian Harkin MEP.

The We Volunteer! photographic exhibition of student volunteering recognises the extent and diversity of student commitment to communities with diverse organisations ranging from the Christina Noble Foundation in Vietnam, to Chrysalis Community Drug Project in Dublin, from the Galway Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to community enterprise in Belfast, from peer mentoring programmes in Limerick and Cork to Karate coaching in Newry.

Lorraine Tansey, Student Volunteer Coordination at NUI Galway, said, “This collaborative exhibition is a great opportunity to visually demonstrate how student volunteers get involved and make a commitment to bring about change.  Bringing the exhibition and featured students to Brussels is an important step in recognition and celebration of student volunteering in Sligo and beyond.”

To learn more about the exhibition, to upload your volunteer story or to host the touring exhibition throughout 2011, visit www.wevolunteer.ie or email wevolunteer@campusengage.ie

Photo: GMIT Student volunteer Fiachra Mac An Airchinnigh; NUI Galway student volunteer Emma King; Marian Harkin MEP;  Sean Kelly MEP; Pat Daly, Director of Games, GAA;  and Mark Miller, IT Sligo student volunteer pictured at the recent Launch of “We Volunteer!” an exhibition of student volunteers in Irish Higher Education as part of the European Year of Volunteering celebrations in the European Parliament in Brussels.