Carrick Grammar sixth former in all-Ireland youth volunteer final

Daniel Ritchie, a sixth former at Carrickfergus Grammar School, is a finalist in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. INCT 07-650-CON
Daniel Ritchie, a sixth former at Carrickfergus Grammar School, is a finalist in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. INCT 07-650-CON

Carrickfergus Grammar sixth former Daniel Ritchie is a finalist in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.

This is the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding voluntary acts and the “positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield”.

Daniel is involved in the YMCA youth club and “Get Set for Community Action” programme which was supported by the British Olympic Committee.

The “Get Set” programme involved the roll out of two Olympic-themed events for 100 adults with mental and physical disabilities at Carrickfergus Senior Gateway and 30 elderly residents of One Irish Gate in Carrick.

Daniel helped to design and activate a mini-Olympic night for Gateway with adapted activities to ensure that all 100 members could take part.

He also devised an Olympic-themed quiz for the elderly residents of One Irish Gate.