MARYSTOWN, N.L. — It’s always been the norm for Riley Farrell to help others.
For her efforts Riley has been awarded the Al Wiscombe Teen “Making a Difference” award by members of the Marystown Lions Club.
A selection committee was comprised of Bill Cheeseman, Robert Lymburner, Jim Knight, SaraLynn Murphy, Cathy Murray, Bill Grandy and Therese Gaulton.
Riley was presented with the award during a celebration held July 11.
“I’m so honoured to have been chosen to win this award,” said Riley, who has been volunteering from a young age.
The Marystown youth started The Riley Farrell Project when she was eight years old. Through the project she collected funds for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation by holding events such as walk-a-thons and an ugly Christmas sweater skate, just to name a few.
“I wanted to give back,” Riley said. “I’ve always loved helping people.”
She has also helped raise funds for a number of local organizations including the school breakfast program and the Burin Peninsula SPCA.
Farrell is a recent graduate of Marystown Central High School. She plans on pursuing a science degree at Memorial University in St. John’s.
Jimmy Bonnell, founder of the Burin Peninsula Teen Mental Health Support Group, was also nominated for the award.
The 19-year-old, who has spoken openly about his struggles with mental health issues, started the support group in 2017.
“It was an awesome feeling buddy, (and a) very proud moment,” said Bonnell.
Nathan Lee and Ethan Hunt were also nominated for the award.