Google and Age Action launch hunt for Tipperary’s top silver surfers

Google and Age Action have once again teamed up to search for Tipperary’s top Silver Surfers and highlight the difference technology can make in older people’s lives.

Google and Age Action have once again teamed up to search for Tipperary’s top Silver Surfers and highlight the difference technology can make in older people’s lives.

Google and Age Action are calling on people across Tipperary to nominate a friend, neighbour or relative who has made modern technology a part of their daily life.

Whether it is checking in with family who are at opposite sides of the globe via Google+ hangouts, banking online or booking train tickets, Google and Age Action want to celebrate the over 50s in Ireland who have taken to the online world with gusto.

Last year’s overall winner was 76 year old Dorothy Harrington from Co. Dublin.

Dorothy received the award for, amongst other things, selling her house online.

Dorothy said, “Winning the Google Silver Surfer Award with Age Action was a great thrill for me and my family and it made me a lot more confident using the computer. When you didn’t grow up using the Internet it can seem a scary thing to try out but I found that it has opened up a whole new world to me, I would encourage everyone to nominate someone they know.”

Speaking at the launch Minister Pat Rabbitte said, “The Internet is an essential resource that allows people to learn, shop, keep in touch and have fun. The Government is committed to building a digitally inclusive society and the Google Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action are a great way to highlight that it is never too late to learn something new.”

Sinéad Gibney, Head of Social Action at Google said - “Google Ireland has been helping older people use the Internet for several years through our Age Engage programme and more recently through www.GetYourFolksOnline.ie and we have found the biggest obstacle preventing older people getting online is fear. We hope by highlighting and honouring some of Ireland’s best examples of Silver Surfers they will act as an inspiration to other older people who are nervous about taking the first step and getting online.”

Robin Webster, CEO of Age Action added - “Age Action has helped train over 12,000 older people to use computers over the last six years. We know that many of these learners were inspired to take a class by the positive experience of other older people who use technology. If you know an older person who uses computers to improve the quality of their lives please consider nominating them for a Google Silver Surfer award. By highlighting their positive experience you may help other older people to take the plunge, take a class and open their eyes to a whole new whole of opportunities.”

This is the fourth year of the Silver Surfer Awards, which celebrates older people and technology in Ireland. There are five award categories this year. The public can nominate someone for an award by filling in a form online at www.ageaction.ie/silversurfer or by phoning Mark on 01 475 6989. The closing date for Nominations is 14th of September 2012.

The winners of the Google Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 2nd of October at Google Headquarters in Dublin.