Six organisations in total in the running from Carlow for Good Causes Awards
The Aspiro Choir and Carlow Regional Youth Services are among six Carlow organisations named as county winners in the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The awards honour the inspiring work of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding.
Announcing the Carlow winners, National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “We were bowled over by the calibre of entries and the impact that these organisations are having in their local communities.
"We know that these groups are doing extraordinary things and the Good Causes awards recognize and celebrate their achievements.”
The Carlow winners are:
Community: Irish Wheelchair Association, Carlow
The Irish Wheelchair Association, Carlow, works with people in the county with physical disabilities, helping to drive positive change. Good Causes funding allowed for the development of a community accessible gym for use by able bodied and those with a physical disability in the area.
Sport: Mount Leinster Rangers
Mount Leinster Rangers GAA Club caters for 33 hurling, football, and camogie teams in the parish of Borris. Good Causes funding allowed for the installation of an Astroturf training surface at its pitch in Kilcoltrim which means teams can train and play in all weather.
Health & Wellbeing: Tullow Day Care Centre
Tullow Day Care Centre provides services for the elderly in the community, many with complex needs including dementia. Amongst other things Good Causes funding allowed the centre upgrade its food facilities which resulted in the centre delivering 11,779 meals-on-wheels last year.
Heritage: The Drummin Bog Project
The Drummin Bog Project aims to conserve, restore and promote Drummin Bog, County Carlow’s only raised bog and one of the last of its kind in the South-East of Ireland. Good Causes funding allowed for tree removal on the bog’s surface to prevent water loss and degeneration of the peat.
Arts & Culture: Aspiro Choir
The unique and ambitious Aspiro youth choir, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year, promotes a world class model for choral music education practice in Ireland. Good Causes Funding went towards the cost of maintaining a team of tutors and keeping Aspiro's membership fees to a minimum to allow for greater accessibility and inclusivity.
Youth: Carlow Regional Youth Services
Carlow Regional youth services run The Vault, a dedicated safe space for teenagers in Carlow including a drop-in facility and youth café which is open 5 days a week. Good Causes funding made it possible to develop a strong series of programmes to encourage young people build their confidence, resilience, and general mental health.
These winners will represent Carlow in the East Regional finals, competing for a place in the National Finals in Dublin on November 3.
Broadcaster and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr, Chair of the Judging panel, said: “The competition is fierce in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The standard of entries is really impressive.
"I congratulate all of the County Winners and look forward to seeing Carlow competing in the Regional Finals next month.”
Each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000. The full list of County Winners can be found at www.lottery.ie/ goodcausesawards.