Limerick volunteer in line for national award

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Bríd Finn, who has been shortlisted for a national volunteering award.
Bríd Finn, who has been shortlisted for a national volunteering award.

Bríd Finn, a volunteer with Limerick’s Elemental Arts and Culture Festival, has been announced as one of 30 shortlisted volunteers for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards.

Over 500 nominations were received for this year’s Awards ceremony, Ireland’s biggest Awards campaign for volunteers.

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Bríd Finn began volunteering with the Elemental Festival team this year. She took on the voluntary role of Volunteer Coordinator for the event. The festival’s volunteers are essential to the running of the event each year and having worked for and volunteered for numerous arts organisations over the years, Bríd knew exactly what was required to make everyone feel part of the Elemental team.

Bríd took on the massive task of recruiting, interviewing and scheduling volunteers to assist with each of the festival’s events over the three day festival. She established ‘The Elementalists’ – the team of volunteers to make the festival happen. Bríd made every volunteer feel welcome as an Elementalist.

The Volunteer Ireland Awards is the national campaign to recognise Ireland’s volunteers. 30 shortlisted volunteers and their friends and family will attend a gala Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony on December 4 in Dublin City Hall in celebration of International Volunteer Day.

One shortlisted volunteer will be the recipient of the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named in memory of the late Christine Buckley – campaigner, activist and Co-Founder of The Aislinn Centre.

Commenting on Bríd’s shortlisting for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, Paul Moriarty, Manager of Limerick Volunteer Centre said “We are thrilled that Bríd has received national recognition for her incredible work with the Elemental Arts and Culture Festival. Volunteering is the lifeblood of hundreds of charities, sports clubs and community groups in Limerick. The Volunteer Ireland Awards is all about shining a light on the unsung heroes in our community. Well done to Bríd and to everyone who volunteers week in week out to help make Ireland a better place to live.”

For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014 or to read the inspiring stories of the 30 shortlisted volunteers, visit www.volunteer.ie