Wicklow’s Ray of Sunshine win at the All Ireland Community and Council Awards

By Alex Doyle

Ray of Sunshine scooped the Silver Award at this year’s All Ireland Community and Council Awards ceremony in Croke Park.

The Wicklow based after school programme was awarded silver in the ‘Best Business Working with the Community’ category for their services.

The All Ireland Community and Council Awards gives national recognition “to projects and developments that may otherwise go unrecognised”.

Owned by Amanda Spiteri, Ray of Sunshine operates breakfast and after-school clubs, as well as an out-of-term service.

Speaking about the win, Amanda said: “The sliver award is such an honour to win and it’s all down to the dedication of our parent’s that we were finalists two years running.

“A large majority of our families have used is on a long term basis and the children and staff are very close and really appreciate that primary school children need lots of activities.”

Amanda revealed the company will also be awarded at the Business All Star Awards 2019.

Ray of Sunshine employs up to 30 staff during the summer holidays, as Amanda describes it as a “home away from home”.

The service is accessible to all families as Amanda explained: “We get subvention from the government for families who qualify and the parents who don’t qualify for a subvention are offered an ad hoc affordable care so regardless of the family situation everybody has affordable child care.”

Kids attending are encouraged to help the community, as they most recently collected for the Homeless Mobile Run.

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