The Bray Cardiac First Responders, Wicklow Society of Prevention to Animals and Dublin/ Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team are among five Wicklow organisations named as County winners in the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The awards honour the inspiring work of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding. Nearly 30 cent of every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes, which has a big impact on communities across the country.
Announcing the Wicklow winners. National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “We were bowled over by the calibre of entries and the impact that these organisations are having in their local communities. We know that these groups are doing extraordinary things and the Good Causes awards recognize and celebrate their achievements.”
The Wicklow winners are:
- Sport – Dublin/ Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team
- Health & Wellbeing – Bray Cardiac First Responders
- Heritage – Greystones Tidy Town
- Community – Wicklow Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Youth – Arklow Youth Centre/Vault
These winners will represent Wicklow in the East Regional finals in September, competing for a place in the National Finals in Dublin on Saturday 3rd November.
Broadcaster and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr, Chair of the Judging panel, concluded “The competition is fierce in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The standard of entries is really impressive. I congratulate all of the County Winners and look forward to seeing Wicklow competing in the Regional Finals next month.”
Each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000. The full list of County Winners can be found at www.lottery.ie/
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games – or over €619,000 per day – goes back to Good Causes all over the country in the areas of Sports, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Community, Health, Youth and the Irish Language. Last year alone more than €226 million was raised by players of National Lottery games for such Good Causes