A campaigner of young homeless people will be presented with the €100,000 Humanitarian award at the Meteor Music Awards, organisers confirmed today.
Father Peter McVerry will be the star guest at the 2006 Meteor Ireland Music Awards in Dublin’s Point Theatre on February 2 next.
The champion of homeless boys said: “I appreciate very much being offered this award, it represents recognition of the importance and value of all those working with homeless people.
“Equally it recognises the importance and value of homeless people themselves, the benefits of treating them with the dignity they deserve and the importance of re-integrating them into mainstream society.”
The veteran campaigner, who founded the Arrupe Society in 1983 to provide care and accommodation for homeless boys, is being presented with the Humanitarian Award and a €100,000 donation in recognition of his, and his work colleagues’ tireless work.
After his ordination as a priest in 1975 Fr McVerry lived and worked in Dublin’s north inner city, where he moved to open the hostels.
The €100,000 donation will go towards the ongoing work of the Arrupe Society in the six centres they currently run.
Fr McVerry works to provide a warm, caring and safe environment to help young boys deal with behavioural problems, communicate with their families as well as aiding them in finding employment, training courses or schooling.
Television star Gay Byrne, said: “The people he helps consider him a hero.”
Other recipients of the Humanitarian Award and donations include Sir Elton John, Christina Noble, Bono, Sister Stanislaus Kennedy and Adi Roche.
17 Meteor music awards will be presented at the awards ceremony.
Music fans will be able to vote for their favourite stars or band in six public categories – including Best Irish DJ and Best Irish Band – while the Hope for 2006 Award will be voted for by 2FM listeners.
Some of this year’s nominations include U2, The Corrs, Hal and BellX1 for Best Irish Band and Joe Chester, Damien Dempsey and Christy Moore are vying for Best Irish Male.
Tickets for the Meteor Awards are available to win through competitions in newspapers, on radio, TV and through texting, or corporate VIP tickets are also available for €100.