MORE THAN 500 adult volunteers are to be honoured for their work with the No Name Club at a ceremony next Saturday.
Businessman and former presidential candidate Sean Gallagher and former governor of Mountjoy John Lonergan will both speak at the event in Athlone, which will honour the volunteers who work with more than 10,000 young people at No Name Clubs around the country.
John Lonergan will speak on how to encourage people to reach their full potential in challenging times, while Sean Gallagher will give a talk on transforming lives through leadership.
The Volunteer Appreciation Day, the first of its kind, is being held for the volunteers who work with young people at the clubs. The clubs, which encourage young people aged 15 and over to organise events by and for themselves, have been running since 1978.
“A lot of the adult leaders would have graduated from the Clubs and then come back as a leader a few years later, which is very encouraging,” Conor Cullen of the No Name Club told TheJournal.ie.
“The whole reason behind this event is the clubs are thriving and the kids really enjoying them and benefiting from them, but it would all be impossible without the dedication of so many adult volunteers who are committed to the No Name Club”.
The No Name Club was founded as an alternative to the pub culture for young people in Ireland. There are almost 50 clubs operating in communities throughout Ireland, mainly in rural areas.