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Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2012

The winners will be announced in Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee on Friday, the 15th February 2013.

The official launch of the Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2012 in association with Lee Strand was held on Friday, the 23rd November 2012 at Lee Strand, Ballymullen, Tralee, Co. Kerry.  The awards scheme which first commenced in 1998 is designed to acknowledge the volunteering endeavours of young people from Kerry between the ages of 14 years and 19 years.  Any member of the public can nominate a young person whom they feel has made a contribution to their local area.  Nominations are accepted from individuals, community and voluntary groups, schools and youth clubs/organisation.

The winners will be announced at a celebratory function in Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee on Friday, the 15th February 2013.  Awards will be presented for the Overall Winner, Certificates of Distinction, Certificates of Merit, a Voluntary Group Award and a School Award.  The winners will be selected by a panel of five judges who are community volunteers from around the county under the chairmanship of Chief Superintendent Pat Sullivan, An Garda Síochána.

Speaking at the launch Chief Superintendent Pat Sullivan said that he was delighted to be able to announce details of the 2012 awards.  He emphasised the importance of recognising and supporting young people who make the effort to help others in their community.  He asked the Kerry public to look around their area and nominate any young person who has volunteered in any capacity over the past 12 months.  He also thanked Lee Strand for the steadfast support of the Garda Youth Achievement Awards over the past 14 years and stated that the success of the awards scheme was due in no small way to that continued support.

John O’Sullivan, General Manager, Lee Strand stated “Lee Strand has a strong commitment to supporting initiatives within the local community and we are delighted once again to support the Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards. The awards provide a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise the voluntary efforts of the young people of Kerry, who have made a positive impact within their local community.”