Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Digital don Joe nets £5k grant for charity

Computer whiz Joe Burke has been voted Northern Ireland’s Digital Hero for his work with the charity the Cedar Foundation.



Joe received his award at a ceremony at the House of Lords last week.

He was recognised for his work on a digital project for Foundation, which delivers services to people with disabilities. Its vision is a society in which disabled adults and children are included citizens.

The Bangor resident was also presented with a £5,000 grant to enhance the project. “I’m absolutely delighted to win a Digital Heroes Awards,” said Joe.

“It means a lot to The Cedar Foundation to win the £5,000 grant. I would like to thank all of our supporters who voted for me and friends and family who backed our project.”

The competition’s panel of judges, which included dotcom entrepreneur and UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and TalkTalk Chairman Charles Dunstone, selected Chris Dredger from Storybook Dads as the overall winner.

Dido Harding, TalkTalk CEO, said: “We would like to congratulate Joe, as well as our other 11 regional winners. The Digital Heroes Awards was designed to recognise and reward those who use digital technology to make a difference in their communities. We’ve seen some incredibly worthy causes and we are delighted that these projects are getting the recognition they fully deserve.”

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, run in conjunction with Citizens Online, is the only awards of its kind to celebrate inspirational people who are using digital technology to bring about positive social change.

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