Our very own Spirit of Community Awards 2013 National Honouree Finalist        Aóife Malone from Jumping Jelly Beans/JJ's receiving her award for                  a programme, introduced seven years ago, encouraging youth volunt

The 2013 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards Finalists:

                          Bank of Ireland Sporting Heroes Competation



We would like to say a huge thank you to Milltown Foróige purchasing two Parachutes for the club.  It is greatly appreciated.



Special thanks to all our sponsors in 2011.

Ulster Bank    

Newbridge Credit Union

Fifth String

Monasterevin Lions Club

Milltown Foróige

Green Lion Productions                                

Derek Phelan (Motivate Challange)

Patrician Secondary School

Claire McDonnell

Kildare Sports Partnership

Kildare Leader Partnership

Milltown GAA

 Conor Malone and Conor Kavanagh with Tom Dunne.


Well done to all the voulunteers in Jumping Jellybeans who won the Involved Ireland Awards below is an article from the Irish Independent


 Caring Conors win praise from President Higgins


Tuesday December 06 2011

TWO secondary school friends who enlisted dozens of other teenagers to run a social club for children with special needs were named the Volunteers of the Year last night.

Conor Kavanagh (18) and his friend Conor Malone (17) from Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge, Co Kildare were honoured for their selfless contribution to their community at the fourth annual awards at Dublin Castle.

The teenagers were cited for their exceptional dedication to setting up the Jumping Jellybeans club in Newbridge and recruiting 70 other volunteers.

The club provides a social outlet for local children with autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy who would otherwise have nowhere to socialise outside of school.

Conor Malone, whose 14-year-old brother Fionnan is autistic, said he was inspired to set up the club because there was nowhere for children with special needs to go once their school day was over.

"They wouldn't have the same facilities as we had, so we gave them somewhere to go," he said.

The charity Volunteer Ireland, which recognised a total of 33 outstanding volunteers at last night's ceremony, said the boys had made a huge impact in the area of social inclusion in their local communities.

President Michael D Higgins, who addressed the ceremony hosted by RTE's Claire Byrne, also praised the boys' efforts.

- Allison Bray



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