AWARDS HONOUR PEOPLE IN REGION
THE annual Louth Public Participation Network awards recognise those who are playing key roles in the community and voluntary sector within county Louth.
And now is your chance to nominate a hard working individual or groups with the closing date on August 15.
The Awards are open to nominations in the following categories: Arts & Culture; Environment/Animals; Children & Youth; Older Persons and Disability; Ethnic Minorities; Sports; Voluntary Team of the Year; and Outstanding Individual Achievement.
With over 270 community groups now registered with Louth PPN, the organisers want to make sure that indi- viduals and groups in your community receive the acknowledgement that they deserve. Please submit your nomination now via the nomination form in your local paper or contact Mary Capplis, Louth PPN Resource Worker on firstname.lastname@example.org for a nomination form.
Louth PPN is the framework for citizen engagement and participation and is the main link for the community and voluntary sector to connect with the Local Authority. It provides an opportunity for community groups to avail of training, to network, to share information and learn from other groups in your area.
Your PPN Representatives are the voice of the community at local decision making level. Further information on Louth PPN is available on www.louthppn.ie.
Don Thornton, the man who ran a 10k a day for 365 days in a fundraising drive for the Drogheda Alzheimer’s Group, was honoured with the Outstanding Individual in the Community Award at awards last year.
The former FAI Youths Cup winner with Drogheda United headed out onto the roads and fields each day in pursuit of his goal.
In the end, he collected ¿22,000 for the charity, who are fundraising for a purpose built centre, but admitted it was tough to actually stop running in the end!
‘I did go out for a while after the 365 days because I got so used to doing it,’ he stated.
He recalled one day when he didn’t have a chance to hit the road until 11pm, but made it. The roll of honour at the 2017 PPN awards: Arts and Culture Certificate: The Tain March Festival. Special Award: Creative Spark. Ethnic Minorities Joint winners: Kelly Petit, ISPCC (Mosney Integrated Service) and Neil McArdle, Failte Isteach. Sports Certificate: Ardee Sports Project. Special Award: Muirhevnamor FC. Older Persons and Disability Certificate: Benny Grogan, WATCH Cycling Club. Special Award: Drogheda Hospice Homecare Foundation. Environment and Animals Certificate: Dundalk Dog Rescue. Special Award: Carlingford Tidy Towns. Children and Youth Certificate: Caroline Flanagan, Craobh Rua, Dundalk. Special Award: Dundalk Youth Centre. Outstanding Individual in the Community Certificate: Don Thornton, Alzheimer’s, Drogheda. Special Award: The late Willie Duffy, Dundalk Tidy Towns. Voluntary team Certificate: Rehab Care team. Special Award: ISPCC Childline Volunteers.
Secretariat Award: Late Willie Duffy.
Oisin McConville Presents Don Thorton, Alzheimer Society with his award for Outstanding individual achievement at the Louth PPN Awards last year
Caroline Flannagan, Craobh Rua, 2017 winner.