Six local organisations from Wexford were today announced as County Winners in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2023…
Initiatives recognised at the awards include The Gap Arts Festival, a voluntary, non-profit, community and artist-led festival; FAB Child and Family Project, providing a range of resources such as full and part-time creche facilities as well as a safe environment for accessing essential services for those in need and Advocates for Autism, who promote the development of autistic young people and children through social interaction on a consistent basis and more meaningful projects countywide.
The awards aim to honour, showcase and celebrate the inspiring work being carried out nationwide by thousands of projects, clubs and individuals who have received support from Good Causes funding. Nearly 30 cents of every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country.
The six County Winners of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards from Wexford are:
Arts & Culture: The Gap Arts Festival
Community: FAB Child and Family Project
Health & Wellbeing: Cottage Autism Network Wexford CLG
Heritage: Edward Richards-Orpen Memorial Trust
Sport: Kilmore United Soccer Club
Youth: Advocates for Autism
Announcing the Wexford County Winners today, National Lottery CEO, Andrew Algeo, said:
“Good Causes who support communities across Ireland are at the heart of the National Lottery’s purpose. As a result, we are delighted to celebrate each year the exceptional work being carried out by those groups, organisations and sports clubs nationwide. I am thrilled and not surprised to say that we have had another year of inspirational stories from the beneficiaries of National Lottery funding. These stories provide purpose to those of us who work in and with the National Lottery. It has never been easy to narrow down the list of hundreds of entries, however, it is a great pleasure to congratulate the Wexford County Winners this year and to be able to show our appreciation for their commitment to communities around the country.”
Speaking to Wexford Weekly, Gráinne Seoige, host of the Good Causes Awards, said:
“This is my fourth year being involved in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards, year-on-year my delight to be involved grows. By working with Good Causes, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many individuals and groups that are doing extraordinary work in our communities. They continue to inspire me each year, and I look forward to seeing who makes it through to the National Finals in October!”
Local or national, large or small, the awards will recognise initiatives across a broad list of categories: Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Arts & Culture, Heritage, Community, Youth, and Irish Language. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, 21st October 2023 in Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare.
The full list of 133 County Winners can be found at www.lottery.ie/good-causes-awards/county-winners.
The 133 County Winners will now compete for a place in the National Finals judging phase next month, after which the National Finalists will be announced.
The total prize fund available on the night of the Good Causes Awards ceremony is €100,000, whereby each of the seven category winners will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will take home an additional €25,000. A special category, ‘Hero of the Year’, will be announced on the awards night in recognition of outstanding work and the recipient will receive a prize of €5,000. In addition, each of the National Finalists announced in June will receive a cheque for €1,000.
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