Nominate a volunteer for national awards, says local centre

Galway Volunteer Centre is calling on the public to help recognise kindness in their communities by nominating a volunteer for the national Volunteer Ireland Awards. The awards were launched by Ireland’s Got Mór Talent Presenter James Kavanagh.

Each year Galway Volunteer Centre asks the public to nominate the volunteers in their lives to allow us to shine a light on what goes on behind the scenes in communities across Galway every day. There are eleven different award categories, along with the prestigious Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year award.

According to Donncha Foley, Development Manager with Galway Volunteer Centre, over a million people in Ireland volunteer but many of us do not see all the amazing volunteering that happens around the country, on a daily basis. “We want to recognise and share the stories of the people who help their neighbours, who save lives, who plant flowers, and who generally make their communities a better place to live. But we need the public’s help.”

Each volunteer nominated will receive a special thank you card from Volunteer Ireland for their hard work and dedication. The nominations will eventually be whittled down to a shortlist of outstanding volunteers who will be invited with their family and friends to an awards ceremony in Dublin in December where they will be honoured and celebrated. Nominations can be made at www.volunteer.ie and will remain open until Friday October 5.

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