A leading organiser of the Foyle Gay Pride Festival, Sha Gillespie, was presented with a national award in recognition of her voluntary work this week.
Ms. Gillespie collected a Volunteer Ireland Award for her work in the Arts, Culture and Media sector, ten other awards in categories from animals to education and social work to health and disibility were also presented by the leading volunteer organisation.
The event was held at Dublin City Hall on Wednesday evening to mark International Volunteer Day, it was hosted by RTE’s Claire Byrne.
Volunteer Ireland CEO Yvonne McKenna congratulated all Award recipients: “It is perhaps a positive antidote to Budget day 2013 that we are celebrating and showcasing the leadership of people who have devoted large amounts of personal time and energy on a voluntary basis to improving the lives of others.
“They have demonstrated a strong sense of social justice and worked hard to ensure that their communities receive real and lasting improvement. I am delighted, on International Volunteer Day, to give my heartfelt thanks to the shortlisted nominees, and to all volunteers, for their commitment and dedication to making Ireland a better place to live in.”