Nominees sought for 18th annualyouth awards

Nominations are being sought for the 18th West Cork Garda Youth Awards, which celebrate the achievements of outstanding people between the ages of 14 and 21 in the area.

Nominees sought for 18th annualyouth awards

One the biggest community events on the region’s calendar, last year the awards attracted a record 137 nominations.

Application forms are available from Garda stations and SuperValu supermarkets in the region for the competition, which has been running since 1995.

Community garda Damien White, a co-organiser, said: “West Cork gardaí and SuperValu recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community in West Cork.

“Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live in.

“The nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference to their community, please put them forward, as every nominee will receive a certificate, even if they do not win an award.

“This way, all nominees are recognised for their efforts, and the certificate is a very valuable item to have on a young person’s CV into the future.”

The awards event will take place on Friday, Nov 8, 2013, in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom.

There are 12 categories; five overall awards; five district awards; one group award, which applies to groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities; and one special achievement award, which is open to any young person who has defied the odds, or overcome difficult circumstances, and whose commitment deserves recognition.

The closing date for applications is Oct 25.

Application forms are to be submitted to Garda James O’Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bandon Garda Station, or Garda Don Davis, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bantry Garda Station.

The awards were initiated in West Cork in 1995 by Garda O’Mahony and are held in association with SuperValu.

“A lot of organising and background work is required to ensure the smooth running of this event every year,” said Garda White, who is based in Bandon.

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