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All for a good cause

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019 4:42pm

A spotlight is being shone on the inspirational work of six Cork organisations, who have all picked significant awards recently.

Down Syndrome Cork, Acro Gymnastics, the Bere Island Projects Group, the East Cork Early Music Festival, Banteer Community Sportsfield and Churchfield - Gurranabraher Youth Development Project were all announced as county winners in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019.

The awards were created to honour and showcase the inspiring work being carried out by thousands of projects, clubs and individuals in their local communities across Ireland thanks to National Lottery Good Causes funding. Nearly 30 cent of every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to good causes all over the country.

Announcing the winners of the county phase of the awards, National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “We were bowled over by the number and calibre of entries we received for these awards and it is proof that organisations supported by National Lottery funding are having a huge impact in their local communities. Recognising and celebrating this impact is what the National Lottery Good Causes Awards is all about.”

Cork Acro Gymnastics is a not for profit club catering for children from walking age up to adulthood. The club has a large number of recreational level gymnasts as well as a competitive section and is an inclusive club with a GymAble programme for children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Down Syndrome Cork works to support family members ranging from birth to adult.

The Bere Island Projects Group is a community group working to sustain the island population through the creation of employment, promoting community initiatives and supporting local businesses.

The East Cork Early Music Festival’s goal, mainly through their festival each October, is to promote early music in Cork county and city, using historical instruments, research and theories in creating art which is vibrant and meaningful in the present day.

The Banteer Community Sportsfield is used by all the immediate communities in the area including walkers, runners, families, Banteer GAA, Lyre GAA, Mount Hillary Athletic Club, Duhallow AC and more.

Finally, Churchfield - Gurranabraher Youth Development Project caters for young people aged 7-25 years from the Gurranabraher/Churchfield area. It aims to actively empower the contribution of all young people through their critical participation in local youth services.

Speaking on selecting the winners, broadcaster, publisher and businesswoman, Norah Casey, who is chair of the competition’s judging panel, said: “It is a privilege to be involved in these awards and to learn first-hand of the impact of good causes in every parish, village and town in Ireland. They truly are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. With more than 480 entries, selecting the county winners has been a very tough job. I congratulate all of those who have come through the county phase of the competition and look forward to the Regional Finals later this month.”

These winners will now go forward to the six regional finals, competing for a place in the National Finals in Dublin on 2 November while each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.

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