Final call for Earhart Achievement Awards

Today marks the deadline for nominations to recognise the amazing, often unsung achievements of Derry’s younger generation, to be recognised at a gala awards ceremony during the 2012 Earhart Festival.

Festival Director Oliver Green says the The Amelia Earhart Medal of Achievement programme is one of a number of prestigious keynote events being inaugurated to mark the 80th anniversary of the pioneering aviator’s unscheduled landing at Ballyarnett on May 21, 1932, when she made history by becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

“With this special anniversary in mind, the decision was taken to move the Earhart Festival from its traditional August date to May, and the week leading up to the actual anniversary of the landing,” Mr Green explained.

“Our young people are an inspiration and one of our finest resources,” he continued, “and I can think of no better way to mark their often unsung contributions to the community than to invite schools across the city to nominate two worthy recipients.

“The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Guildhall Square, attended by the winners’ classmates, family and friends. Straight afterwards there’ll be an opportunity to celebrate at an open air concert with a celebrity headline act.”

“The only criterion is that the nominee must have made an outstanding contribution in some areas of their life over the past year,” Mr Green added. “It could be anything from a major sporting or academic achievement, to caring selflessly for a parent, to coping bravely with bereavement or illness, or outstanding community or charitable service.”

Nomination forms for the awards are available from the Festival Office at 65, Galliagh Park, Derry, email: donna@gscaderry.com or telephone: 71. 357443. Nominations close today, May 11.