Liquid Therapy Bundoran and the Donegal Youth Service are among six Donegal organisations named as winners in the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The awards honour the inspiring work of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding. Almost 30 cent of every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes, which has a big impact on communities across the country.
Announcing the Donegal winners. National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “We were bowled over by the calibre of entries and the impact that these organisations are having in their local communities. We know that these groups are doing extraordinary things and the Good Causes awards recognize and celebrate their achievements.”
The Donegal County winners are:
Sport: Killybegs GAA
Killbegs GAA Club caters for over 500 members with teams at all levels from under-8 to adult. Good Causes funding helped it fit out the first floor of its club house to accommodate a new gym and meeting room.
Health and Wellbeing: Liquid therapy Bundoran
Liquid Therapy is a not for profit foundation that provides ocean, surf, and water therapy for young people with physical, emotional, behavioral or intellectual needs. Good Causes funding allowed it provide surf boards and body suits for a growing number of members.
Heritage: Kilmacrennan Abbey Preservation Society
The society is a small rural group that is passionate about conserving Kilmacrennan Abbey and graveyard which has links with St. Colmcille. Good Causes funding allowed it develop a conservation plan to restore the Abbey.
Arts and Culture: An Grianán Theatre
This is a dynamic youth theatre which has been making plays and developing confidence and social engagement to three generations of young people. Good Causes funding has covered the cost of employing professionals to work with children and young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Community: Spraoí agus Sport Family Centre
The Spraoí agus Sport Family Centre is a not for profit, social enterprise located in Carndonagh, providing services for children, families, young people and older people from across the Inishowen Peninsula. Good Causes funding helped it sustain its “Time for Us” programme, which provides alternative daytime respite for children with a disability.
Youth: Donegal Youth Service
The Donegal Youth Service runs Daybreak, a unique project for young people aged 12-15 years who are experiencing difficulty in school. Good Causes funding has helped sustain the project which has resulted in a huge improvements in young people’s school attendance.
These winners will represent Donegal in the North Regional finals, competing for a place in the National Finals in Dublin on November 3.
Broadcaster and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr, Chair of the Judging panel, said: “The competition is fierce in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The standard of entries is really impressive. I congratulate all of the County Winners and look forward to seeing Donegal in competing in the Regional Finals next month.”
Each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000. The full list of County Winners can be found at www.lottery.ie/goodcausesawards.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games – or over €619,000 per day – goes back to Good Causes all over the country in the areas of Sports, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Community, Health, Youth and the Irish Language. Last year alone more than €226 million was raised by players of National Lottery games for such Good Causes