Bray People

Last chance to nom­i­nate for En­deav­our Awards

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AF­TER six months of un­cer­tainty, Bray and District Cham­ber of Com­merce are hop­ing to spread a lit­tle joy with the 2020 En­deav­our Awards.

The dead­line is fast ap­proach­ing for this year’s awards, which aim to hon­our or­di­nary peo­ple who do ex­tra­or­di­nary things.

Mem­bers of the public have un­til next Tues­day, Septem­ber 29, to put for­ward the names of those they be­lieve have made a dif­fer­ence to the com­mu­nity in Bray across five cat­e­gories.

The Per­son of the Year Award will be pre­sented to some­one who has con­trib­uted most to the town of Bray and its en­vi­rons. The Civic/Com­mu­nity Award is open to any per­son or vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion that has con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the com­mu­nity and civic life. The Sports Achieve­ment Award will be awarded to a team or in­di­vid­ual that has achieved some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary through sport. Some­one who has ded­i­cated their life to some­thing and de­serves to be recog­nised will be the win­ner of the Life­time Achieve­ment Award. And fi­nally, the Young Achiever Award will be pre­sented to some­one un­der 21 years of age who has achieved some­thing re­mark­able in sport, aca­demics or the arts.

In ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity awards, Bray Cham­ber will recog­nise lo­cal busi­ness and en­ter­prise through a range of cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing re­tail, hos­pi­tal­ity and man­u­fac­tur­ing. Nom­i­na­tions are wel­come here too, as well as for the Cus­tomer Ser­vice Per­son of the Year Award.

To make a nom­i­na­tion, sim­ply visit Bray­cham­ber. ie/2020en­deav­ourawards.

All nom­i­na­tions re­ceived by the dead­line will be con­sid­ered by the adjudicati­on panel and short­lists in the var­i­ous cat­e­gories will go to a public vote in early Oc­to­ber.

This year’s En­deav­our Awards will look a lit­tle dif­fer­ent as they will take place in a vir­tual for­mat due to public health guide­lines. The usual gala award cer­e­mony will be re­placed with a vir­tual ‘Feel Good Friday Recog­ni­tion Day’ on Friday, Oc­to­ber 23, when the Cham­ber will bring peo­ple to­gether to cel­e­brate the very best in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Bray and District Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ruth Don­nelly is urg­ing peo­ple to nom­i­nate, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the tough year so far.

‘Given the ad­di­tional chal­lenges we all faced this year, we are cer­tainly do­ing the right thing in host­ing the awards, al­beit in a dif­fer­ent for­mat. Our un­sung he­roes de­serve to be recog­nised and cel­e­brated, so I’m urg­ing peo­ple to take part and make a nom­i­na­tion,’ she said.

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