Belfast Telegraph

Making the Difference: Best Sport and Community project

The winners of the first Belfast Telegraph Making the Difference Awards, in association with Spar, will be announced on March 9, 2011.

Hundreds of nominations from across Northern Ireland were submitted to 11 categories to find the individuals, projects and businesses that make a positive impact to the daily lives of people. The successful shortlist of inspirational nominees will be invited to be part of the audience at a glittering gala event in the Grand Opera House, Belfast, where the winners will be revealed.

Best Sport and Community project Sponsor bmibaby

Julian Carr, Managing Director, bmibaby:

bmibaby operates out of Belfast City Airport in the heart of Northern Ireland and so it is fitting that we are part of an initiative that celebrates community spirit and celebrates its unsung heroes.

“We hope that our involvement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the people of Northern Ireland. “Business can make a meaningful difference to the community, not least by contributing to the local economy, but also by investing in the local community. As a business, bmibaby takes serious its responsibility to the local community in Northern Ireland.

“Through our work with our chosen charity, Tinylife, we’ve been privileged to see first hand the courage and resilience of families and volunteers within the local community. The charity partnership has given us some insights into the tremendous spirit of compassion and neighbourliness in the local communities within Northern Ireland.

“And as a business we felt that by offering our support to these awards we can help celebrate the dedication and passion of the individuals, businesses and projects that are making a real difference across Northern Ireland. Being a low cost airline that loves to put the fun back into flying we liked the fact that this category recognised the role of creative and fun art/sport projects in helping to harness community spirit.”

The Categories

Best Street: We want to find the street where there is an amazing sense of community pride, shown through activities which involve everyone in the area.

Best School: A school that has an ‘outreach’ project where pupils go into the community, raise money for local causes or have gone ‘green’ within the school.

Best Volunteer: Someone who has worked tirelessly in the voluntary sector for many years.

Best Neighbour: A person considered to be the ‘heart’ of the street. They look after their neighbours and are always there to help.

Best Enterprise: This business has helped improve the environment or ‘given back’ to the community through school programmes.

Best Art/Sport/Community Project: We are looking for a person who helps give groups fresh purpose.

Spirit of Youth: This is for a bright spark who has demonstrated great achievements at a young age. They have achieved academic, sporting or artistic heights.

Service with a Smile: This is the person who gives everything they have to their job and the people they help.

999 Hero: Someone who, through an act of bravery, has saved a life. They can be a member of the public or emergency services personnel.

Best Garden: This ‘oasis’ doesn't need to be set in acres. It could be the little urban garden that brightens up dull streets or a small back garden.

Carer in the Community:This person has dedicated time to looking after someone in their home.

Making The Difference Award: The overall honour awarded to an outstanding individual, organisation or project that has made a huge contribution to the community.

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