Com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons shine at Sum­mer­fest

Those who go ex­tra mile hon­oured with awards

Rutherglen Reformer - - Summerfest - Edel Ke­nealy

Tributes to the world’s big­gest mu­si­cians daz­zled at Sum­mer­fest, but lo­cal vol­un­teers stole the lime­light when the com­mu­nity awards cer­e­mony got un­der­way.

An an­nual fix­ture at Sum­mer­fest, the cer­e­mony recog­nises peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions who go above and be­yond to help oth­ers and their com­mu­nity.

Roots to Work South was the first to be hon­oured, with the fes­ti­val recog­nis­ing the em­ploy­ment cham­pion for mov­ing 1,000 lo­cals into sus­tain­able work ev­ery year.

Staff at the Iona Unit in South View Care Home were also com­mended for their work in sup­port­ing men with complex is­sues to re­build their lives and gain con­fi­dence to live in­de­pen­dently.

And Healthy n Happy Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Trust saw two of its vol­un­teers re­ceive awards, Mar­ion Cur­ley and John Ti­money.

Both vol­un­teers since 2014, the pair are key to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Trans­form­ing Lives pro­gramme and are hugely pop­u­lar at Cly­de­ford View’s Re­Con­nect ser­vice.

Here vol­un­teers sup­port older peo­ple by get­ting to know them so they can build up their con­fi­dence to try dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties that in­ter­est them.

John said: “I was very shocked to be nom­i­nated, but to re­ceive this award, I was very proud. I have done a lot with Healthy n Happy. The work they do is amaz­ing.

“I vol­un­teer with Re­Con­nect. It’s nice to see pen­sion­ers come along to the group, they do ac­tiv­i­ties and have tea and sand­wiches and a chat. It re­moves iso­la­tion for them.”

St Bride’s Pri­mary was also re­warded for en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren in the arts and pupils Mil­lie O‘Don­nal and Lu­cia La­mont won the Cam­bus­lang Ro­tary Club art com­pe­ti­tion. It chal­lenged young­sters to de­sign a 2017 Sum­mer­fest poster.

Sports stal­wart Peter Mul­lan re­ceived a huge round of ap­plause when he was named a com­mu­nity cham­pion for his years of ser­vice on the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Sports Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Bro­gan com­pered the an­nual awards cer­e­mony and said he was hum­bled by the ex­pe­ri­ence: “The awards are well de­served and it’s amaz­ing the di­ver­sity within the com­mu­nity.

“It re­ally showed the wealth of tal­ent we have in the area. It makes me proud to be able to part of it.”

Em­ploy­ment Su­san Fair­ley, of Roots to Work South, ac­cepts the award of be­half of her or­gan­i­sa­tion

Vin­tage Dancers Michael Grimshaw and Ann Marie Young

PlantsThe Cam­bus­lang Allotments stall was awash with colour

In­flat­able fun Sib­lings Sadie, four, and Lucy Grey, two

Fes­ti­val go­ers Ka­trine Grant and Car­men

Me­dieval Robert the Bruce and his troops

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