Episode 8, The Final
The last show features our finalists taking on the challenge of living on the streets of Dublin for twenty-four hours in a bid to raise awareness of the plight of the capital's homeless. Having split into two groups: Johnny & Aisling, and Mike & Carol film their respective experiences for a viewing by the Simon Community who promise to put the best of the two short films on their website. However, having viewed the material Simon are so impressed they put both films up on their site: dubsimon.ie
Since there are only two boys and two girls in the final there was the possibility of deadlock in the voting - so a back-up plan was devised which saw the thirteen volunteers who had already left the show having a ballot on which boy and girl should win. (This proved to be very important later!)
In the event Aisling and Carol both voted Johnny through as their Ultimate Volunteer but the lads couldn't agree on a girl and so the decision was left to the other volunteers - who chose Carol.
So Johnny Finegan Jr. and Carol Leonard were crowned as the two 'Ultimate Volunteers' and will be spending a year together travelling the world and helping to improve lives.
Firstly, they will travel to Ghana where they'll be working on vital construction and sanitation projects, before travelling to Jaipur in India where they'll join in the battle against child labour. Finally, their year will end with two months in Thailand working on an important animal conservation project.
Johnny and Carol were always among the favourites to win the competition. Their likeability, physical and emotional strength, supportive natures and 'unphaseability' were constantly praised by their fellow volunteers throughout the various challenges. Whether they were: helping to build a house for a Zambian family, surviving intense interrogation with the Irish Army, caring for orphans in Belarus, crisscrossing Europe with vital medical supplies, or raising awareness nationally for the Pakistan funds, Johnny and Carol impressed their co-volunteers with their good humoured, can-do attitude and willingness to support their team.
They are our 'Ultimate Volunteers'. Congratulations to them and all the remarkable people who took part in the series.