Search on to find volunteer of the year

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Launching the Awards, RTE Presenter Keelin Shanley called on people in Tipperary to go to www.volunteer.ie and nominate ordinary people who do extraordinary things in their communities.

Launching the Awards, RTE Presenter Keelin Shanley called on people in Tipperary to go to www.volunteer.ie and nominate ordinary people who do extraordinary things in their communities.

The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteering in Ireland that are coordinated by Volunteer Ireland and supported by Panadol. The Awards invite entries from both the North and South of Ireland.

Manager of South Tipperary Volunteer Centre Hilery Tarrant said that the Awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of remarkable people across the Island of Ireland who selflessly give their time and talent to benefit others and their communities.

“The search for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year is now on! We’re calling on all Tipperary residents to help us shine a light on the county’s remarkable volunteers. Members of the public can nominate their choice at www.volunteer.ie.

“Whether it’s helping a local sports club, raising funds for a charity or helping a local community group, we want to celebrate the selfless volunteers who regularly give their time to help to make Ireland a better place. Nominate a volunteer you know and share their inspiring story with us.”

Panadol is delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Volunteer Ireland Awards for the fourth consecutive year and encourages everybody to take the opportunity to showcase Ireland’s outstanding volunteers who are an essential and highly valuable part of Irish life. Panadol tablets are made in Ireland in Dungarvan.

Nominations can be received up to October 25. Category winners and an overall winner will be announced at a special Awards ceremony on December 5th. There are ten different awards categories including sports, arts, youth, environment, community, disability, education, social work, awareness raising and international development.

So far this year, over 10,000 volunteers have registered through volunteer.ie and local Volunteer Centres. These volunteers have clocked up over 320,000 hours of voluntary work which has an equivalent value of over €7,000,000.

Also, as part of this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards campaign, one of the shortlisted 30 nominees will receive the Charity Hero Award, a lifetime achievement award honouring a volunteer who has - over the course of their life - made an extraordinary contribution to a good cause. The Charity Hero Award is a unique collaboration between the Volunteer Ireland Awards and the Better Together Campaign. The Charity Hero Award will be presented at the Better Together Awards ceremony in Dublin on December 12th.

Further Information: Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731 / Hilery Tarrant, Manager, South Tipperary Volunteer Centre: (052) 744 3407.