Celebrity favourites Andrea Corr, Richard Corrigan and Jon Snow are among stars supporting a new award being launched by the Irish Youth Foundation with The Irish Post this autumn.
The IYF’s Hibernian Hero Award will highlight the ‘amazing work’ being done by the many projects serving young Irish people across Britain, which they support every year, and Irish Post readers will decide just who should take the prestigious title.
The IYF charity has provided funding for organisations serving youngsters across Britain and the North of Ireland since it was founded in 1989. To date it has awarded more than £4million to such projects, but this year welcomes their first Hibernian Hero honour in addition to their annual grants programme. They hope the new award will further highlight the hard work their supported organisations, and the people within them, do for disadvantaged young people every day.
Irish Youth Foundation Chairman John Dwyer explained why they chose to launch the initiative.
“The Hibernian Hero Award is a way of highlighting some very deserving individuals and the projects they work with,” he told us.
“I believe that it is important for these people to be recognised for the great work they’re doing, and also for the public to get a sense of the types of projects the IYF is supporting through our annual grant system.”
He added: “The feedback we have received in response to these awards has been fantastic so far and specifically we have had great support from corporate sponsors and the celebrities who are supporting each nominee.
“We look forward to showing some great appreciation to the worthy nominees, raising lots of money and having a bit of craic at the award ceremony in Bentley’s in November.”
Ten projects which have all previously received funding through the IYF have been nominated for the Hibernian Hero Award for 2012. Over the next five weeks we will publish a profile of each nominated organisation, featuring a valued member of the project’s team, introduced by a celebrity supporter. Celebrity chef Corrigan, singer and actress Corr and Channel Four newsreader Snow have already signed up to take part in the initiative, with more due to be announced in The Irish Post over the coming weeks.
Once all 10 nominated projects have been profiled we will ask you, our Irish Post readers, to vote for the nominee you feel most deserves to win the award. The ultimate award winner will receive a cheque for further funding for their project at a starstudded night held at Irish chef Richard Corrigan’s Piccadilly eatery Bentley’s.
The awards night will take place on November 1 and include a luxury three-course meal before the award ceremony takes place and the entertainment kicks off.
Keep reading your Irish Post for further details on how to vote and prepare to nominate your most deserving IYF supported project.
The 10 projects nominated for the IYF Hibernian Hero Award:
- Brent Centre for Young People, London
- Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú (The Gaelic League Glasgow)
- London Irish Centre, Camden
- Irish Community Care, Merseyside
- New Horizon Youth Centre, London
- Ardoyne Youth Centre, Belfast
- Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith, London
- Tyneside Irish Cultural Society, Newcastle upon Tyne
- Solace Women’s Aid, London
- icap Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy, London