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Monday, 20th October 2014
 

Closing Date to Nominate Dublin’s Best Volunteers Fast Approaching

 
-Volunteer of the Year Award to be named in memory of Christine Buckley-
 
The deadline for nominations for the seventh annual Volunteer Ireland Awards is next Friday, 24th October. Volunteer Ireland – the national volunteer development agency, which organises the Awards each year – is urging individuals and organisations from Dublin City to submit nominations over the coming week. 
 
The Volunteer Ireland awards are the national awards to celebrate volunteering in Ireland. The Awards aim to celebrate and recognise the thousands of people across Ireland who give their time to benefit others. The Awards are open to volunteers of all ages working with Irish organisations, and there are 10 different award categories, as well as an overall ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award.
 
When the Awards were launched earlier this year, Volunteer Ireland announced that – from now on – the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award would be named in memory of the late Christine Buckley. As co-founder of The Aislinn Centre, Ms. Buckley campaigned tirelessly on behalf of victims of institutional abuse for more than 25 years. She was Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and went on to be presented with the award for European Volunteer of the Year at the European Parliament in Strasbourg the same year. The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to one of the 30 shortlisted volunteers for the Volunteer Ireland Awards.
 
Speaking today, Edwina Dewart, Manager of Dublin City Volunteer Centre, said: “There’s just one week left before the deadline for the 2014 Volunteer Ireland Awards, and we’re calling on groups and individuals from Dublin City to submit nominations now. To submit, you just have to fill out a simple online form. 
 
“This is an excellent opportunity to recognise the commitment and valuable contribution made by volunteers in communities throughout Ireland. As a nation, we have an excellent tradition of volunteering. So far this year, over 10,000 volunteers have registered with local Volunteer Centres and I-VOL, Volunteer Ireland’s national database and smartphone app. These volunteers have clocked up an incredible 360,000 hours of volunteering. Using the average industrial wage, this work has an equivalent value of over €7.7 million. 
 
“There is no doubt but that thousands of groups throughout the country would not be able to do their work without the contribution made by volunteers. We’re calling on members of the public from Dublin City to take this opportunity to say thank you to their local volunteers, and to nominate an outstanding volunteer they know.” 
 
The 2014 Volunteer Ireland Awards will be hosted this year by TV3 Presenter Sybil Mulcahy. 
 
The 10 categories for the 2014 Awards are: 
 
Arts, Culture and Media
Animals and Environment
Campaigning and Awareness-Raising
Children and Young People
Community
Education and Training
Health and Disability
International Development
Social Work
Sports and Recreation
 
Nominations for the Awards can be made on http://www.volunteer.ie/events/volu.... The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year and the 10 overall category winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Thursday, 4th December, in City Hall, Dublin. 
 
Further information about Volunteer Ireland is available at: www.volunteer.ie
 
ENDS
 
Contact: Emma Walker, DHR Communications, Tel. 01-4200580 / 085-7279039
 
About Volunteer Ireland: 
Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. Its vision is to have every person connected to and participating in their communities to build a better Irish society. Volunteer Ireland works to increase awareness of, access to and quality in volunteering in Ireland. For further information, visit: www.volunteer.ie