Volunteers at cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, have claimed two prestigious awards at this year’s Volunteer Ireland National Awards ceremony.
The charity’s entire volunteer team – including gardeners, listeners, fundraisers, therapists and board members – took home the top prize in the Outstanding Large Group category, while Tralee’s Noreen O’Flaherty claimed the top award in the Health and Wellbeing category.
The Volunteer Ireland Awards, which took place at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Athlone on Friday night, are a major annual initiative to celebrate volunteers in Ireland. The awards shine a light on the remarkable achievements of volunteers around the country by honouring them at a national level.
Recovery Haven Kerry manager, Siobhan MacSweeney, attended the awards ceremony and said she is extremely proud of the charity’s volunteers.
“We have the most wonderful volunteers who give of their time so selflessly, and they are truly vital in our day-to-day service delivery,” she said. “It was so amazing to see Noreen O’ Flaherty, my partner in delivering our self-management programmes, awarded in the Health & Wellbeing category for all her hard work. And for the entire volunteer team to win their category from a group so many other deserving candidates from around Ireland was just wonderful. It was a truly great night, surrounded by so many wonderful examples of what volunteers contribute to our society. What a way to end National Volunteering Week.”
Noreen, meanwhile, said she was both shocked and overwhelmed to receive such a prestigious award, describing it as a ‘magnificent honour.’ Noreen also paid tribute to her fellow volunteers at Recovery Haven, saying that it is her privilege to volunteer at the charity alongside so many wonderful people.