Newry ‘Shining Light’ Awards puts local volunteers in the picture

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Monday, June 8th, 2015
The Confederation of Community Groups (CCG) Annual ‘Shining Light’ Awards for community volunteers took place on Thursday night in The Canal Court, Newry. ccg38Almost five hundred people from a broad range of community and voluntary organisations attended the event. Mr Raymond Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation of Community Groups, welcomed the guests including Chairperson Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, Councillor Naomi Bailie and MP for Newry and Armagh Mr. Mickey Brady. The ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards were established by the Confederation of Community Groups to celebrate the life and work of the CCG’s own Patricia Graham who sadly passed away in 2009. Patricia was employed by the Confederation and as a volunteer she gave countless hours of her time to many community projects within this area. Raymond said, “Tonight’s event is the culmination of many weeks of hard work by CCG staff reflecting the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers being recognised here this evening. “On behalf of the Confederation I would also like to pay tribute to the adjudication panel including Hugh Mallon (St Joseph’s Boys HS), Frances Mc Carthy (Newry Credit Union), Colette Ruddy (Community Volunteer) and Seánin Graham (Family Representative), for taking the time to assess the many nominations we received.” Jackson added, “On behalf of the CCG’ s voluntary board I would like to take this take this opportunity to emphasise that the ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards are established, not as a competition among groups but as a means to recognise and promote the incredible work of the community and voluntary sector in this area. “The Confederation would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated for an Award, the wide range of nominations received highlights the rich tapestry of volunteering which is evident throughout the area.”
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