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Personal stories: Top honour for student fundraiser

By Staff Reporter

QUB student Fergal McFerran has been honoured for his volunteer work. The 22-year-old was given the Special Contribution Award at the Queen's Students' Union Volunteering Excellency Awards earlier this month.

The awards, sponsored by Reid Black Solicitors, celebrate the positive contribution Queen's volunteers make both locally and internationally.

Fergal (22) is the co-chair of Raise & Give (RAG), the Queen's Students' Union official fundraising group.

Since taking on the role, he has broadened the body's calendar of events to include supporting causes ranging from thrift shops to the Belfast Symphony Orchestra to organising a sleep-out for Simon Community NI.

He was the first Northern Ireland student to be elected to the UK-wide National Student Fundraising Association. He also held the first joint fundraising day gathering all of Northern Ireland's universities and higher education colleges to share experiences and learn from each other.

Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast, said: "I think that Fergal has done a tremendous job. He is a credit to the university and to this City."

Niall McShane, President of Queen's Students' Union said: "Fergal thoroughly deserves this award for the determination, passion, and commitment he has shown this year in a number of roles."

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