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Popular UTV duo to compere Tele’s ‘people’s Oscars’

By Victoria O'Hara

A glittering gala night honouring Northern Ireland’s unsung heroes will be hosted by UTV presenters Marc Mallet and Alison Fleming.

The ceremony at the Grand Opera House will shine the spotlight on the winners of the second Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards — supported by Tesco.

Since the launch last October, the awards have touched a chord with communities across the province.

The awards celebrate the people in communities throughout Northern Ireland who make life better.

There are 11 categories, including Best School, Spirit of Youth and Carer in the Community.

After all the nominations have been received, three finalists will be chosen from each category and a winner selected by our judging panel.

All finalists will be invited to the gala night at the Grand Opera House on March 23.

Among the entries for 2012 is brave Ryan Cinnamond, who is nominated for the Spirit of Youth Award. After suffering an aneurysm, the 16-year-old talented footballer was given just a 10% chance of survival and had both lower legs amputated.

But he survived and went on to complete his GCSEs and learned to walk again.

Michael Wilson, managing director, UTV said: “The Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards celebrate all that is good about local people and communities and highlight those who truly make a difference.”

How to enter

There is still time to nominate for the 2012 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards, supported by Tesco. The closing date to submit a nomination is February 22. The public can enter in two ways:

1: Write a nomination in no more than 200 words clearly stating the category and contact details of nominator and nominee and send to: Making the Difference Awards, Belfast Telegraph 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1EB

2: Email your nomination to

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