For her extraordinary work in international healthcare and education for the underprivileged, Aisling Neary of Castlebar, Ireland was named as a 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership.
Obtaining her nursing qualification in her home country of Ireland, Aisling Neary wanted to take her healthcare skills overseas to help those who need it most. She focuses on serving others and, with this goal, joined Health Action Overseas to work with children in an orphanage in Romania. After returning to Ireland, she traveled to Australia with the mission of providing nursing services to families living in the undeveloped Australian bush region as well as those in hospice suffering from HIV/AIDS.
After service trips to Romania and Australia, her appetite for travel and passion for helping the less fortunate only increased. Coupled with her nursing services, she also began participating in trips focused on aiding impoverished communities in other ways. In 2010, Neary traveled to Ghana as a part of an outreach team providing eye screenings to remote villages. On one particular visit, the village chief approached her about the impoverished state of his people and their struggle to send the local children to school.
The chief’s plea quickly broadened Neary’s focus from nursing to helping with education. Back in Ireland, she raised more than €26,000 and returned to Ghana five months later to build a school for the village. In the spirit of active citizenship, she employed local African workers to help build the school, consequently boosting the village’s small economy. Little did she know, her beginnings in healthcare would someday bring hope and a new future for children in Ghana.
JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts on a local and global level.
These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2012 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Tuesday, November 20 at the JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan.
About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.
Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.
Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International)
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