From now until 4th October, we are calling on the people of Kerry to nominate a volunteer they feel is deserving of a national Volunteer Ireland Award. One outstanding nominee will be named Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year at a special ceremony in December. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Irish society and we are proud to have a strong culture of volunteering in Kerry. Without them, many of the things we take for granted simply wouldn't exist. It’s hard to think of an area in the county that doesn't benefit from volunteers - from meals on wheels to sport, supporting vulnerable people or enhancing our towns and villages, volunteers are the biggest heroes we have. But they are unsung heroes, and with these awards we want to shine a light on the amazing people who give so much to Kerry without any expectation of thanks or glory.
One particularly special aspect of the awards is that every person nominated – whether they are shortlisted or not – will receive a special ‘thank you’ card from Volunteer Ireland to show our appreciation for their dedication and commitment. Aside from Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year, volunteers will be recognised in ten other categories across areas such as children and youth, culture and emergency services.
Nominations can be made online here. Anyone can nominate a volunteer, and the ten categories are:
• Animals and Environment
• Arts, Culture and Media
• Campaigning and Awareness Raising
• Children and Youth
• Safety and Emergency Services
• Health and Disability
• Social Work and Social Inclusion
• Sports and Recreation
• Outstanding Group
There is also a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year which can be a paid or voluntary position. All shortlisted applicants are automatically eligible for the overall Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 4th October and can be made online by clicking here. The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award along with the ten category winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Friday 6th December in the Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin.
All shortlisted nominees along with their guests will be invited to the ceremony to enjoy a much-deserved night of celebration. Read more about the awards here.