Nominees To Be Honoured at Volunteer Ireland Awards in December
From almost 500 nominations, 29 exceptional volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including Eamonn White from South Dublin County. Ireland’s unsung heroes will be celebrated at a special ceremony in City Hall, Dublin on 7th December.
Each nominee has shown extraordinary dedication to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back. Below is just a snippet of Eamonn’s story and the wonderful work he has done over the years.
Eamonn volunteers with Swan Family Support who provide support to children and family members affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Eamonn introduced holistic treatments to help against cravings and promote relaxation and this is the only service in this community to provide these services. Eamonn has worked with both families dealing with another’s addiction and the addict themselves by creating a safe haven for people in the community and having an open door policy where everyone is welcome. He goes beyond helping with addiction issues by helping others with stress, depression and all mental health issues. His passion has never waned once in the 20 years he’s been volunteering and his impact is plain for all to see.
Commenting on the shortlist for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre Manager Tricia Nolan said “Thousands of people across Ireland volunteer each day, giving their time without asking for anything in return. This is a chance for us to recognise exceptional volunteers like Eamonn and really celebrate volunteering in Ireland. Reading their individual stories is truly inspiring and we are honoured to shine a light on their work. Thanks to volunteers like Eamonn, Ireland is ranked number one in Europe on the World Giving Index for volunteering time and South Dublin County should be proud.”
For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2016 or to read the inspiring stories of the shortlisted volunteers, see the attached document or visit www.volunteer.ie
About the Volunteer Ireland Awards
The Volunteer Ireland Awards is the national campaign to recognise Ireland’s volunteers supported by the Network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services. 29 shortlisted volunteers and their friends and family will attend the gala Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony on December 7th in Dublin City Hall. 9 category awardees along with a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year will be announced at the event.
One shortlisted volunteer will be the recipient of the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named in memory of the late Christine Buckley - campaigner, activist and Co-Founder of The Aislinn Education and Support Centre.