THAT'S THE SPIRIT AS COMMUNITY GROUPS SET FOR AWARDS NIGHT
Football star Niall Quinn will be handing out awards in Dublin's Mansion House tomorrow night to community groups who have made a difference.
A garden, a film festival for the deaf, and an anti-bullying organisation are all on the shortlist for Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.
Altogether 86 local groups are in with a chance of awards of between €1,000 and €5,000 and the lucky winners will be announced at the gala recognition ceremony.
The money comes from unclaimed bus fare change and the grants are designed to help the charities and voluntary groups develop new projects or grow their services and raise community spirit.
"The Community Spirit Awards is an initiative unlike anything else in Dublin, allowing us to directly support local communities who use Dublin Bus services every day," said Dublin Bus chief executive Paddy Doherty. "It gives invaluable support to those who provide the services and to those who make use of these charities and community groups." Almost 1,500 local groups have benefited from the awards in the 10 years since they were launched.
Broadstone Community Garden which promotes and provides sustainable community education and encourages all age groups to take part is on this year's shortlist. The Laura Brennan Charitable Trust, an organisation that supports children suffering from serious life-threatening or life-limiting illness is also among the nominees.
Shamrock Deaf Films, which will host the second Irish Deaf Film Festival this October, the Sticks and Stones Anti-Bullying Programme and Little Ninjas Kempo Karate Club from Blessington are shortlisted too.
Age Action, the charity which promotes positive ageing, hopes to use any money won to train elderly people who are housebound to use computers giving them a better level of personal freedom.
Winners to date include 535 community development projects, 310 youth clubs, 135 groups supporting people with disabilities and 110 community centres with a similar number of services for older people. Eighty-five football clubs, 45 boxing clubs, 30 scout groups and 20 dance clubs for young people have also won awards.