Final week to nominate in National Volunteer Awards

People across South Tipperary have been urged to get their nominations for the Panadol-supported Volunteer Ireland Awards completed this week, ahead of the Friday, October 25 closing date.

People across South Tipperary have been urged to get their nominations for the Panadol-supported Volunteer Ireland Awards completed this week, ahead of the Friday, October 25 closing date.

Volunteer Ireland and Panadol have encouraged families, friends, neighbours, residents and community groups across Ireland to go to www.volunteer.ie and nominate their heroes in Ireland’s major volunteer recognition event.

As an added incentive, Volunteer Ireland have announced that one awards nominee will win a €1,000 bursary for their organisation, as part of a ‘Charity Hero Award’, for lifetime contribution.

South Tipperary Volunteer Centre Manager Hilery Tarrant said: “We expect the largest number of people ever nominated this year and are already taken aback at the level received.“

“However, I’m certain that there are more inspirational volunteers yet to be nominated. Sometimes it’s easy to forget to say thanks to those who are quietly making a difference in our community. I would urge people to seize this opportunity to give a volunteer you know the special thanks they deserve by nominating an unsung hero before this Friday.”

Now in their sixth year, the Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteering in Ireland, coordinated by Volunteer Ireland and supported by Panadol. The awards invite entries from both the North and South of Ireland.

They include ten different awards categories which are: sports, arts, youth, environment, community, disability, education, social work, awareness raising, international development.

Entrants will be shortlisted during November and category awardees will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Dublin on December 5, International Volunteer Day.

So far this year, over 10,000 volunteers have registered through volunteer.ie and local volunteer centres. These volunteers have clocked up over 320,000 hours of voluntary work which has an equivalent value of over €7,000,000.

A new feature of this year’s awards campaign is that one of the shortlisted 30 nominees will receive the ‘Charity Hero Award’ honouring a volunteer who has, over the course of their life, made an extraordinary contribution to a good cause. The Charity Hero Award is a collaboration between the Volunteer Ireland Awards and the Better Together campaign.