Wicklow wins two places in the 2022 National Lottery Good Cause Awards final

A Wicklow pre-hospital care charity and independent conservation organization are among 35 Irish community groups, sports clubs and organisations, who were announced today as national finalists in the 2022 National Lottery Good Cause Awards.

icklow Rapid Response is a finalist in the Health and Wellbeing category, while Birdwatch Ireland will compete in the Heritage category.

The awards honor the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals across Ireland who, with the help of National Lottery Good Cause funding, have made an extraordinary impact in their local communities.

Wicklow Rapid Response is a voluntary charity providing a high standard pre-hospital critical care service and working in partnership with and supporting existing emergency services. Funds received through the HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme enabled WWRR to complete their fundraiser to purchase an intensive care ventilator and also contributed to fundraising for the loan of their new rapid response vehicle.

Established in 1968, Birdwatch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organization in Ireland. The aim of the registered charity, which has more than 15,000 members, is to conserve wild birds and their natural habitats. During the Covid pandemic, birds became a major source of entertainment, comfort and solace for people, leading to an increase in inquiries about Irish wildlife. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Council and Good Causes, their ‘Outreach for Nature’ project aimed to help and better engage the public and educate them about the role they could play in supporting nature conservation.

The awards honor the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals across Ireland who, with the help of National Lottery Good Cause funding, have made an extraordinary impact in their local communities.

Each of the 35 finalists will receive €1,000 and a handcrafted trophy and advance to the grand finale in which there are seven categories: Arts & Culture, Community, Health & Wellness, Heritage, Irish Language, Sport and Youth. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place on Saturday 1st October at the Kilashee House Hotel, Co. Kildare. Each of the seven category winners will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will take home an additional €25,000.

Gráinne Seoige, who will host the awards for the third year in a row, said: “While last year’s event was truly unique as we had to go virtual due to covid restrictions, I look forward to meeting the awards in person. fantastic finalists this year. .

“Hearing stories of triumph, strength and resilience have stood out as highlights of my previous two awards presentation experiences and I’m sure this year will be no different. Seeing how communities across Ireland help and care for each other each other is a truly inspiring part of the night and one that I look forward to being a part of.”

Speaking at the announcement, Sonya Lennon, who chairs this year’s judging panel, congratulated the 35 finalists who made it to this stage of the Awards process.

“Last month, we announced 118 county winners from across the country who had very inspiring stories about the work they do in their communities,” he said. “Narrowing down that same list to 35 finalists was certainly no easy task as all the entries were truly moving.

“The entire judging process has really shown how important the Good Cause Awards are in recognizing the amazing work being done by groups across the country. Now I’m looking forward to meeting the finalists and hearing even more about the wonderful work you’ve all done.” . do.”

More information about the National Lottery Good Cause Awards and finalists can be found at: www.lottery.ie/good-causes-awards

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