Seán Canney, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development said “Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to Irish society, supporting vibrant and inclusive communities across the country. Their impact cannot be understated and awards like these are vital to show our appreciation for all that they do and inspire new people to volunteer. I’m delighted that my Department is able to support these awards.”According to Kate O’Flaherty, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Department of Health: “Volunteers are at the heart of healthy, sustainable communities. The nominees show the impact that volunteers have on the health and well-being of their communities and the people that live in them. Volunteers give their time and energy helping others and there are well-proven benefits for health and mental wellbeing. Healthy Ireland is delighted to partner with Volunteer Ireland and to celebrate with the various nominees and acknowledge their work.”
Volunteer Ireland Awards Winners 2019
Local man Johnny Fox of Pieta House and Tallaght Athletic Club won in the Campaigning & Awareness Raising category. Having lost his son to suicide, Johnny was part of the very first Darkness into Light committee and has been supporting Pieta House ever since. Johnny can be found on the course from the night before, staying and cheering each person until the last one crosses the line. Johnny has also been a volunteer coach with Tallaght Athletics Club for over 50 years mentoring, inspiring and supporting young athletes.
The Volunteer Ireland Awards are now in their twelfth year and aim to shine a light on the ordinary people doing extraordinary things in our communities every day. Eleven category winners and the overall Volunteer of the Year were named at an awards ceremony in the Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown on Friday 6th December. The awards are supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Healthy Ireland.