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Citizens Information volunteers feted at the Páirc

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 4:33pm

Last Thursday saw over 180 Citizens Information volunteers honoured at a national celebration event in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. It marked the dedicated work of the many volunteers throughout the country who make a real difference to so many lives.

The opening address was provided by Cllr John Maher, deputising on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Cork, who said: “I am delighted to attend this event today to acknowledge the significant contribution of the many volunteers who deliver information to our citizens. The Citizens Information Service provides help and advice to people throughout the country, and has for more than 45 years. It is invaluable for representatives like myself, when seeking accurate and impartial information to be able to point citizens towards a service that is free and confidential.”

Volunteer recognition has been an important feature on the Citizen’s Information Board (CIB) event calendar for the past eight years. It acknowledges the importance and value of volunteers, particularly for the Citizens Information Service. Citizens Information volunteering is not only life-enriching for the individual volunteer but very much enhances the common good.

The work carried out by almost a thousand volunteers has helped countless people access information or services and has strengthened the reputation of this national, community-based service. Last year, the Citizens Information Services answered over one million queries.

Vincent Farr, volunteer with the Irish Coast Guard in Crosshaven also spoke. No stranger to emergency services, Vincent is also a fire officer with the Cork City Fire Service. His presentation included a video highlighted the heroic and invaluable work of the crews and volunteers. He said: “Everyone volunteers for different reasons but whatever they are, you give of yourself and bring your own unique experience, skills and abilities with you.”

Entertainment was provided by South Munster CIS volunteer Lorna Clarke who did a recitation called 'Second Chance'. Music was provided by fellow volunteer Noel Walsh on guitar.

Volunteering – a Work of Heart was the theme of a calendar competition run to mark the event. Volunteers were invited to submit photographs for inclusion in the calendar. The winners were presented with a 2020 Citizens Information Volunteer Calendar by Sara McSweeney and Angela Black, CIB.

Each volunteer also received a commemorative volunteer pin and a sustainable message contained in a seedbomb highlighting a message of hope that the work of volunteers will continue to grow and spread in local communities. For more info, visit citizensinformation.ie to find your local Citizens Information Centre.

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