A man from Bray who has volunteered with a local youth club for over 46 years is in the running for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award.
Albert Kerr has volunteered with Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club since 1967, the year he founded the club.
Originally the Queen of Peace Youth Club was set up as a boys club, but in the late 1970s the membership was opened up to both boys and girls. The club has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Albert, who will turn 72 in December, is still actively involved on a weekly basis and has been the chairperson of the club for many years.
Today the club provides indoor and outdoor activities for young people from 10-18 years from Bray and South County Dublin. In 2006 the club finally got premises of its own, this could not have happened without Albert.
He tirelessly lobbied our local councillors and
campaigned on behalf of local young people.
His efforts paid off, the clubhouse was officially opened on April 7th 2008 by then Minister of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. John Gormley TD.
Paul Temple nominated Albert for a Volunteer Ireland Award, he said “He can still be found every Friday night leading groups of young people on Bray Head or being quiz master on an indoor night. We feel that Albert should be a worthy recipient of this award in recognition of his life time commitment to improving the lives of countless young people from our area.”
Vote for Albert here.