So proud of our students winning a Garda Youth Award for their exemplary work.
Anton Budnyev, Maya Kalenbet and Oliwier Merta, are students of Athy College in Athy, Co. Kildare. The students have contributed in both welcoming Ukrainian students to the community and also with assisting in the safe return of one of a classmate and members of his family who were unable to leave Ukraine when the war broke out. Anton, who is a recipient of this award, was visiting his Grandmother in Ukraine with his mother and was unable to make it out. Oliwier made contact with his family in Poland who found them at the border and transported them safely through Poland from where they safely returned home to Ireland.
These students have given their free time to engage in charity events to raise funds for Ukraine through soccer events and attending meetings with local politicians and community groups to assist with sourcing the required support needed for Ukrainian arrivals to Ireland. The students also gave up their free time during summer months to attend interviews with students who were enrolling in Athy College and acted as translators for these as well as giving tours of the school. Anton attended a language school in Athy College with Ukrainian students during the summer to help students with their English in advance of attending school in September.