The 2nd Wicklow Garda Youth Awards took place on Saturday the 4th of February in the Grand Hotel, Wicklow town.
The awards were sponsored by the County Wicklow Partnership and were hosted by Today FM DJ Philip Cawley.
For the next 11 days Wicklownews.net will post a picture and bio of one of the winning recipients, today we have Molly Comish from Bray.
Molly was always very aware of the needs of others and at just ten years old she became aware of the giving tree, a place where people bring new gifts to be distributed to those less fortunate in the community.
Molly used her pocket money to buy presents and throughout the next year she bought numerous gifts which she stored on top of her wardrobe at home. Every year since Molly’s donations have become larger and larger and she continues to buy gifts out of her own money for children in and around her own age group.
Alongside this work Molly has also been a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House adjacent to Crumlin Hospital. She has helped Spanish students learn English and is very active in junior musicals and has recorded songs in a local studio.
What stands out most about Molly is her fantastic initiative to create dignity packs to distribute to the homeless. Through social media and other means Molly requests various items to be donated such as hats, gloves, toothbrushes, soaps, socks, plasters etc. Molly arranged for items to be dropped off at a central location in Bray or if contacted she will collect them herself. She then creates the dignity packs in small ruck sacks and labels them for men or women. Molly then distributed the packs before Christmas to as many homeless people as possible throughout various towns in County Wicklow.
Molly consistently expresses kindness, empathy and good will to all people and her generous nature is an absolute credit to her.
Full list of award winners
Special achievement category, Michael O’Brien, Martina Conyard, Rachel Casey, Lee Timmons, Timothy and Christopher Hopkins.
Group category, Glenealy Foroige Youth Club, Greystones Community Summer Project, Seomra Youth Centre in Bray, Newtownmountkennedy Senior Youth Group, Arklow Sea Venture Scout Unit and Marc Brady and Rachel Crimes from Colaiste Chraobh Abhainn in Kilcoole