Donegal people urged to nominate volunteer heroes for national award

The search is on to find Ireland’s outstanding volunteers with the launch of the Panadol supported Volunteer Ireland Awards 2012.

The search is on to find Ireland’s outstanding volunteers with the launch of the Panadol supported Volunteer Ireland Awards 2012.

Launching the awards, RTE Presenter Claire Byrne called on people in Donegal to go to www.volunteer.ie and nominate heroes in their own county who are deserving of a special ‘thank you’.

The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteering in Ireland that are coordinated by Volunteer Ireland and supported by Panadol.

Now in their fifth year, the Awards aim to celebrate and recognise the thousands of remarkable people across the country who selflessly give their time and talent to benefit others and their communities.

There are ten different awards categories including sports, arts, youth, environment, community, disability, education, social work, awareness raising and international development. Nominations can be received up to October 26th. Category winners and an overall winner will be decided at a special Awards ceremony in December.

John Curran, Manager of Donegal Volunteer Centre said: “We’re calling on all Donegal residents to help us shine a light on this county’s remarkable volunteers. Volunteers are a charity or community group’s most precious resource. The Volunteer Ireland Awards is a great way of recognising and celebrating the contribution made by volunteers across Ireland. Take this opportunity to say thanks and nominate an outstanding volunteer you know for Volunteer of the Year.”

Panadol is delighted to be the lead sponsor of this important initiative for the third year and encourages everybody to nominate people they know who make a positive contribution to making our communities better places in which to live.

Donegal people can nominate their volunteer at www.volunteer.ie

Last year hundreds of volunteers were nominated from all parts of the country and awards were presented to the shortlisted nominees by President Michael D. Higgins.