Lotto award for Cox’s ‘Project’
THE Cox’s Demense Youth & Community Project and Cairde na Cruite in Termonfeckin have beaten stiff competition to be announced as East Region winners and finalists in the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The Awards are aimed at honouring the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding. Nearly 30 cent in every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to good causes.
The Louth groups have come out tops in the East Region in the Arts & Culture and Youth categories, and now proceed to the awards finals. The winners will be announced at a televised Gala Awards Dinner in Dublin on November 3rd.
A total of 36 groups from all over Ireland go forward to the final in six categories – sport, health and wellbeing; arts and culture; heritage; community and youth.
Each national category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get another €25,000 on top of this.
The Dundalk based Cox’s Demesne Youth and Community Project provides a space for young people in the community who may be excluded from all mainstream programmes, projects, and clubs.
Good Causes funding from the National Lottery has helped has assisted the Project in developing drug awareness and equality programmes, social education and leadership training.
Meanwhile Cairde na Cruite promotes the revival of the Irish Harp, something which has been a strong Irish tradition for over 1,000 years. Good Causes funding has helped grow the annual harp summer school, An Chúirt Chruitireachta, which now hosts international harpers and traditional musicians.
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, congratulated the Louth winners on coming through the Regional stage of the competition and wished them luck for the finals.
He said: ‘ We were overwhelmed at the level of entries we received for our first National Lottery Good Causes Awards. We had over 500 applications from every county in Ireland in all categories. Through these awards we want to show how people, organisations, projects and sports clubs are doing extraordinary things in their communities. This is work that often goes unrecognized.’
Chair of the judging panel, businessman and broadcaster Bobby Kerr, said: ‘I have been blown away by the standard of the entries for these very important awards. As somebody who travels regularly all over Ireland for my work.
I am aware of the impact of National Lottery Good Causes funding. It has been an honour to have learned about the inspiring work that is going on around Ireland through the judging process.’