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Raheny-based charity wins National Lottery Good Causes award

Saturday, 17th November, 2018 4:00pm
Raheny-based charity wins National Lottery Good Causes award

Regional winners of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards in the Youth category was Blossom Ireland Community Inclusion from Dublin, represented here by Auveen Bell. PHOTO: MARTINA REGAN

Raheny-based charity wins National Lottery Good Causes award

Regional winners of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards in the Youth category was Blossom Ireland Community Inclusion from Dublin, represented here by Auveen Bell. PHOTO: MARTINA REGAN

SIX inspiring Dublin groups and organisations, including one based in Raheny, were put through their paces recently as part of the judging for the finals of the inaugural National Lottery Good Causes Awards.  

The groups beat off stiff competition to be announced as National finalists and Dublin Region winners in the awards which honour the incredible work that is being done in communities all over Ireland thanks to National Lottery Good Causes funding.

Blossom Ireland Community Inclusion was one of the national finalists in the Youth Category. Blossom Ireland, based in Raheny, is a national organisation that serves children and their families with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities by providing fun, affordable, innovative activities. Good Causes funding allowed Blossom Ireland provide Easter and summer camps.

Blossom Ireland has been a resounding success since it was established in May 2010 by local women Auveen Bell and Orla Crowe who began with the aim of providing summer camps for children with disabilities.   

Separately, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, one of the six groups, went on to win a national award in the Health and Wellbeing category at the ceremony in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge last Saturday week (November 3).

The judging panel, chaired by broadcaster and businessman Bobby Kerr, spent two days in Athlone meeting 36 finalists from all over Ireland earlier this year.

Mr Kerr, awards chairman, said the judging panel had an incredibly hard job deciding on the winners for the competition. 

“We were blown away by the 36 presentations,” he said.

“Each of the groups we met are doing amazing work in their communities and were all winners in their own rights. 

“The work that is being done all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding is outstanding.”  

National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin congratulated the Dublin groups on coming through the regional stage of the competition.

“We were overwhelmed at the level of entries we received for our first National Lottery Good Causes Awards,” said Mr Griffin.

“We had over 500 applications from every county in Ireland in all categories. Through these awards we want to show how people, organisations, projects and sports clubs are doing extraordinary things in their communities. This is work that often goes unrecognised.”

More than 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of Health, Sport, Youth, Community, Arts & Culture, Heritage and the Irish Language. 

Last year alone €226 million was raised for Good Causes by players of National Lottery games – or an incredible €620,000 a day.

Since the National Lottery was established over 30 years ago players in Ireland have helped raise more than €5.3 billion for Good Causes, funding which has shaped the development of modern Ireland.

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