Kerry Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce that Kerry local Cormac Sertutxa has been nominated for a Volunteer Ireland Award. Over 1 million people in Ireland volunteer and these awards aim to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of volunteers across the country.
With volunteers ranging from age 16 to 86 from eighteen counties, this year’s shortlist is a showcase of the breadth and depth of volunteering in Ireland. From community shops to sports clubs to befriending, volunteers have a major impact on communities across Ireland every day.
Cormac Sertutxa has been volunteering with numerous different organisations for the last seven years and with the Irish Red Cross for over four of those. Since joining the Red Cross, Cormac has volunteered and continues to volunteer in different roles.
As part of his role as the Irish Red Cross Health & Social Care Officer responsible for service development and coordination in Kerry, Cormac spends every day focused on his role to develop the supports and services that the Irish Red Cross can offer to vulnerable members in our local communities in order to promote healthy & safe living and build more resilient communities around Kerry.
Cormac also coordinates visits to the local Community Nursing Unit for Valentine's Day, with a delivery of red roses for each resident and he also arranges visits throughout the year to the children's ward in University Hospital Kerry, where the children receive a special visit from the local Irish Red Cross mascot, Red Fred, along with Red Cross members who bring gifts to the ward and spend time with the children.
According to Kerry Volunteer Centre Manager Geraldine O’Sullivan “It is always heartening to see the sheer amount and variety of volunteering that goes on throughout Ireland. The shortlist provides just a snapshot of our strong culture of volunteering in Ireland and it is great to have Kerry represented by Cormac on the national stage. I’d like to congratulate Cormac and all of those on the shortlist – the difference you make to our communities cannot be overstated.”
The eleventh Volunteer Ireland Awards take place on Friday 7th December in the Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Shortlisted nominees along with their family and friends will be treated to a night of celebration where the winners in each category and Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year for 2018 will be announced.