Community heros to be honoured

A record number of entries have been made this year this year for the annual Laois Community Forum Community and Voluntary Awards which once includes the Leinter Express Person of the Year Award.

A record number of entries have been made this year this year for the annual Laois Community Forum Community and Voluntary Awards which once includes the Leinter Express Person of the Year Award.

Heroes of local communities will be celebrated by the Laois Community Forum this Wednesday, November 27 in Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. The awards aim to recognise the tremendous contribution made by Community and voluntary groups to life in Laois.

This year the Forum welcome 100 nominees in six categories which is a record number since the awards began. All nominees will be recognised as having made a significant difference within and beyond their local community, through giving of their time, co-operation, their imagination and their hard work to achieve rewards of successful clubs, events and fundraising within the community.

Each group and individual will be congratulated on the night and presented with a certificate acknowledging their contribution to the community and voluntary effort in Laois.

Meanwhile it will also be a big night for one Laois person who will be honoured with the Laois Community Forum Person of the Year award. The recipient, who is chosen by the Leinster Express, will received the award for outstanding achievement.

Honor Deevy. Community & Enterprise, Laois County Council and co-ordinator of the Awards evening said there is an unprecedented number of nominations.

“This is by far the highest number since the awards began in 2009. The Forum has received 33 nominations for the Unsung Hero alone. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who forwarded a nomination and to our sponsors for making the event possible.

“The Awards evening is the main highlight for the Community Forum as it is so important to recognise the hard work and dedication by community and voluntary groups by making Laois a better place to live,” she said.

Laois Community Forum ipromote participation by the community & voluntary sector in the decisions that are made and affect the entire county and its people. The Forum is a platform for community groups to link with one another across the county and also to be involved in the development of our county.