Kerry Volunteer Centre is thrilled to announce that 3 Kerry Volunteers are amongst 30 shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014. Majella Forde, Micheál O’Sullivan and Louise Quill, volunteers with Irish Red Cross, Ard Cúram Day Care Centre and Tir Na nOg Orphanage (respectively) have been shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014.Over 500 nominations were received for this year’s Awards ceremony, Ireland’s biggest Awards campaign for volunteers.
Majella Forde volunteers as an Area Director of Community Services with the Irish Red Cross Tralee Branch. In the space of 18 months Majella clocked up nearly 900 hours of voluntary duty with the Red Cross ambulance as an Emergency First Responder. Majella has also taught 200 people first aid at various levels. Every Thursday night Majella volunteers to train a group of 20-40 youths, aged from 12-18.
Micheál O’Sullivan volunteered as Chairman of his local Active Retirement Group in 2006 and started a campaign to build a dedicated day care centre for the elderly of the North Kerry region. Micheál formed a committee and since then has played a pivotal role in fundraising, identifying potential sites and securing grant aid for the project. Micheál, who is 93 years young, was the driving force and now, thanks the hard work of Micheál and the committee of volunteers, the Ard Cúram Day Care Centre is under construction.
Louise Quill founded the Tir Na nOg Orphanage for orphaned and abandoned children in Tanzania. Since its inception in 2007, Louise has established a team of committed members who work tirelessly to accomplish short-term goals such as electricity, building maintenance, school tuition and the monthly financial needs of the orphanage. Through the hard work and dedication of Louise and the team of volunteers, the orphanage has purchased a farm and built a school with four classrooms.
The Volunteer Ireland Awards is the national campaign to recognise Ireland’s volunteers. 30 shortlisted volunteers and their friends and family will attend a gala Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony on December 4th in Dublin City Hall in celebration of International Volunteer Day. 10 Category Awardees will be announced at the event.
One shortlisted volunteer will be the recipient of the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named in memory of the late Christine Buckley -campaigner, activist and Co-Founder of The Aislinn Centre.
Kerry Volunteer Centre is thrilled that Majella, Micheál and Louise have received national recognition for their incredible work. Volunteering is the lifeblood of hundreds of charities, sports clubs and community groups in Kerry. The Volunteer Ireland Awards is all about shining a light on the unsung heroes in our community. Well done to all the shortlisted volunteers and to everyone that volunteers week in week out to help make Kerry a better place to live.
For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014 or to read the inspiring stories of the 30 shortlisted volunteers, visit www.volunteer.ie.