Dublin Man Wins National Volunteer Award
Dave O’Hara from Dublin won the Children and Youth award at the national Volunteer Ireland Awards on Friday 7th December. Over 1 million people in Ireland volunteer and these awards aim to say thank you for the hard work, dedication and impact of volunteers across the country.
Dave is a mentor in Solas Project’s After School’s club, The Bridge, for children aged 11 – 13. He is a volunteer of all trades – he is the handy man, the class clown, the extra pair of hands, the homework genius and also a great support to staff.
Dave is always committed to at least one day per week at The Bridge and has also committed to mentoring a young person as part of the teen mentoring programme. He can be relied upon for every event whether during or outside of the academic year. Where other volunteers like to take a few weeks or months breather, Dave keeps going. It is invaluable to the organisation to have at least one familiar face throughout the year for the children.
According to Dublin City Volunteer Centre Manager Edwina Dewart “We are very lucky to have volunteers like Dave here in Dublin and I’d like to congratulate him on this achievement. He is the embodiment of the volunteering spirit, giving back to make a real difference to young people in his community. Hopefully his story will inspire others to get involved in their communities.”
The eleventh Volunteer Ireland Awards took place on Friday 7th December in the Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Mary Fitzgerald from Co. Clare was named Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to helping those experiencing domestic abuse. The award is named after Christine Buckley who was a vigorous campaigner for those who suffered institutional abuse and sadly passed away in 2009. Winners were also announced in eleven categories including Outstanding Group and Volunteer Manager of the Year.
You can read more about all the Volunteer Ireland Awards Winners 2018 on Volunteer Ireland website.