Updated: 10/11/16 : 06:18:38Printable Version
From almost 500 nominations, 29 exceptional volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including Terri Golden from Co. Sligo. 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 Terri’s story and the fantastic work she does.
Terri's passion for volunteering showed most when she started her journey with the #yesorkambi campaign for sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis. She is a single mother with two children, one of which was born with cystic fibrosis.
Terri has spent her life caring for her children on her own, while trying to also juggle lengthy hospital stays with daughter. However, in the midst of all Terri's struggles she has always found the time to give to charities in need. Terri's relentless volunteering and advocating has made a huge impact to the awareness of Cystic Fibrosis patients in Ireland in particular.
Commenting on the shortlist for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, Sligo Volunteer Centre Manager Ciara Herity 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 Terri 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 these, Ireland is ranked number one in Europe on the World Giving Index for volunteering time and Sligo should be proud.”Sligo is of course hosting the European Capital of Volunteering next year, 2017, so exciting times ahead.
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