Congratulations to the Finn Valley Centre’s Community Heroes, who were recognised for their dedication at a reception at the centre last Friday.
In her introductory remarks, FV Centre’s Monica Ramsey explained that one Community Hero was selected over each of the last twelve months. “The list is by no means comprehensive”, she added, “and there are others who will hopefully feature in our Community Hero slot.”
Ms Ramsey continued, “Those of you that are here today are a few of the many who tirelessly give their time in the service of others. You may not see it this way, but, you have become leaders in your own right whether by design or by default and it is your actions that have helped build community groups in this area.”
Patsy McGonagle, who was instrumental in setting up Finn Valley AC and the Finn Valley Centre in 1971, said there is tremendous community support” that is harnessed when needed to help individuals. He cited the ‘Mammy I Want to Walk’ campaign and the RunDonegal 5k for Sharon’s Girls.
This year’s Community Heroes award recipients are:
Cathy Anderson - St. Joseph’s Patient’s Comfort Fund, Twin Towns Friday Club, Kurling Club, Donegal Women’s Network, Pen to Paper Writing Club and St. Mary’s Parish Social Group;
Aubrey Oliver - Cub Scout leader and founder member, Chairman Irish Pig Producers Donegal Branch, Church Archivist, Glebe Warden, funder member of Historical Society
Eugene Drumm - Founder member of Planet Youth, Finn Valley A.C., Stranorlar Schools Completion Programme, LEAF Project, Twin Towns Community Platform, Finn Valley Together;
Fergus Cleay - Mental Health Awareness, Hope International, St Conail’s Patients Comfort Fund, Leprosy Fund, Good & New Cancer Bus;
Tena Quigley - Finn Valley Ladies Soccer, Abbotts Donegal Shop Steward, Cursillo Secretariat, National Chairperson Living Links, Chairperson Donegal Women’s League;
Anne McLoone, RSM - Family Enrichment Centre, Sean MacCumhaills, St. Columba's College Board of Management, Supporting Breast Cancer Checks, Cancer Bus,and International Aid for Orphanage/Hospice in Nigeria, Save our Services;
Neil Martin - Coach and Team Leader at Finn Valley Athletic Club, Committee Member, International Junior Team Manager Athletics Ireland, Glenfinn Area Council, Brockagh Heritage Centre/Day Centre, Donegal Sports Star Awards, North West 10k Road Race Committee, Donegal Athletic Board, Chairperson Ulster Athletic Council;
Margo Duffy - Running Marathons for various charities, Ballybofey & Stranorlar Women’s Group, Tops of the Town, B & S Women’s Group Fundraising raising funds for many local, national & international charities over 20 years, 20th Anniversary Celebrations
Mary McNulty - DergFinn Partnership, Women’s Group, Twin Towns Friday Club, St. Vincent De Paul Society;
Charlie McHugh - Joined Harps Supporters Club 1971, Club Director Committee Member, Treasurer/Hon. President, Fundraising – Running Dances, Half-time Draw, Harps Lotto;
Eugene Gallagher - Club Sean Mac Cumhaills Club Treasurer, Club Bingo & Club Lotto, Organising Club Draws, Match Programmes, Tuck shops, Managing Teams of Volunteers, Butt Hall Committee, St. Mary’s Parish Church Gate Collections;
Tanya and Anthea McNulty - 22 years + volunteering for Planet Youth, Both qualified in Sports Development using their skills to support and train young people, Mentoring young people,
Committee members Planet Youth, Fundraising to improve facilities at the club.
Photographs by Gerard McHugh.
Additional photographs will be published in Monday's issues,