Donegal hosted the 44th Annual General Meeting of the HSE Community Games from the 20th to the 21st of February in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.
Over 250 volunteers descended on the town where keynote speaker Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of the Irish Sports Council, praised the HSE Community Games for being one of the only NGBs in Ireland to encompass the whole of Ireland. He said that "the Irish Sports Council are proud to be associated with the HSE Community Games."
This year the HSE Community Games received funding of €257,000 from the Irish Sports Council and €20,000 from Women in Sport. But as pointed out by Mr Mulvey it is money well spent - helping promote a healthy and active lifestyle and ensuring a brighter future for the children of Ireland in a fun and safe environment.
Anne McAteer of the HSE spoke about how HSE Community Games is a fully inclusive organisation and allows children, who may not usually have the opportunity, to partake in a wide range of activities, both sporting and cultural. She praised the dedication of the 10,000 volunteers who give so freely of their time and talents.
The AGM coincided with the HSE Community Games Annual Media Awards which is to acknowledge all the support received from the National and Regional Press (online and offline) in 2014 and also in recognition of the hard work done all year round by the PRO volunteers.
The winners on the night were:
Social Media Award:
National Press Awards
PRO Noreen Hynes
PRO Mary Phelan
PRO Michael Brophy
Overall Regional Award
1st Roscommon Herald
PRO Bernie Ryan
Most Unusual Photograph:
Denis Byrne, Laois Nationalist
Best Action Photo:
Donal Hackett, Sligo Champion
The Community Games 44th Annual General Meeting will take place in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny from the 20th to 21st February. The AGM is a always a great occasion to meet up with Community Games volunteers from all over Ireland.
The Media Awards will also take place over the weekend. The Media Awards are a celebration of all the great PR work done throughout the year by County and Area PRO's. It is also to say thanks to the National and Regional Media (print/broadcast/online) who help promote Community Games.
If you have any queries on the AGM or the Media Awards, please email Sinead or Tricia.
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“Keep up the good work.” Says Minister Michael Ring at the HSE Community Games National Area and Volunteer Awards in Limerick on 6th December 2014
The HSE Community Games has nearly 10,000 volunteers at Area, County, Provincial and National level and each year they are honoured for their time, effort and enormous dedication at the HSE Community Games National Area and Volunteer Awards.
This year the Awards took place in the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick in recognition of it being the City of Culture 2014. Guests on the night included Minister for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring, Dr Nazih Eldin of the Department of Health, Councillor Frankie Daly, Mary Goode of Athlone IT and members of the HSE Community Games Board of Directors.
The Awards are a celebration of the excellent work and dedication of the volunteers and the areas that they represent. Over 50 volunteers were justly rewarded on the night for their dedication and commitment.
Speaking at the event, Minister Michael Ring said that organisations such as the Community Games are doing excellent work at promoting sport and culture and that he is delighted that the volunteers are being recognised for the huge contribution they make to Irish society. He said that there are over 500,000 volunteers in Ireland and if each volunteer were to be paid it would cost our economy 1 billion euro every year, so on behalf of the government he thanked everyone present on the night for their selfless dedication.
President of HSE Community Games, Gerard Davenport, said that although Kenmare walked away on the night with the main prize, everyone who is part of Community Games is a winner and should be very proud of the voluntary work they do year in, year out.
Provincial Area Winners on the night were:
Connaught: Athenry, Co. Galway
Leinster: Newbridge/St Brigids, Co. Kildare
Munster: Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Ulster: Bawn/Latton, Co. Monaghan
The best developed county was Tipperary and overall National Area Winner was Kenmare, Co. Kerry
The CEO of Community games John Byrne participated in the Great Ethiopian Run / Walk on November 23rd in sweltering heat to raise funds for the Irish charity Self Help Africa.
John got involved with Self Help Africa thanks to his friend Ronan Scully, the well-known former “Operation Transformation” contestant and past Community Games participant.
Ronan Scully now works as a charity fundraiser with Self Help Africa and persuaded John to take part in an effort to raise much needed funds but more importantly to raise awareness of the plight of the 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa where hunger is part of everyday life.
The focus of Self Help Africa is to focus on helping small farming communities to grow more food on a sustainable basis with the right knowledge and inputs. It is long term development, helping people in effect to grow their way out of hunger and poverty.
As the name suggests, Self Help Africa believes that the solution to one of the biggest challenges faced by Africa is in the hands of the people themselves by providing African farmers with better access to training and solve a problem that should not exist in the 21st Century.
John said his experience in Africa was “both humbling and motivating”. He said that “the work being done by Self Help Africa is phenomenal and I feel privileged to be a part of it in some way.”
Thank you to everyone who supported Self Help Africa and who supported John in his strict diet and training regime in the months leading up to it!
To find out more about Self Help Africa contact Ronan Scully on 087 6189094 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.selfhelpafrica.org
Community Games Supporting Anti-Bullying Week
17th November to 23rd November 2014
Monday marks the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week. During this week we would like to ask all coaches, volunteers and parents to think about what you can do to end bullying in your Area, community and/or school. As a child centred organisation it is important that we create a supportive environment where it is not acceptable to bully and where we encourage an ethos that it is ‘ok to tell’- Please click here to see our anti-bullying policy.
For more information about Anti-Bullying Week and to get ideas on how you can take a stand against all forms of bullying, visit the NIABF website - www.endbullying.org.uk
The Child Protection in Sport Unit is holding a FREE webinair about empowering sport to tackle bullying. If you would like to register to take part in this please go to this website.
Congratulations to all the Areas that took part in the Healthy Events Award 2014!The final submissions proved that Areas are working hard to create sustainable health promoting initiatives in their communities.
Following a long day trawling through the final submissions the Judges made their final decision:
1st Legan, Co. Longford
2nd Firies, Co. Kerry
3rd Slaneyvalley, Co. Carlow
4th Glenflesk, Co. Kerry
County Monaghan were the winners of the County Award
The runners-up were :
Askea, Co. Carlow
Rock Street, Co. Kerry
Kilbride, Co. Roscommon
St. Lazerians, Co. Carlow
Kinnegad/Coralstown, Co. Westmeath
Magheraclone, Co. Monaghan
Drumgooland, Co. Down
East Newry, Co. Down
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Murroe/Boher, Co. Limerick
We would like to thank all the Areas, Counties and volunteers for their hard work and dedication in ensuring a healthier and safer environment for our children and young people!
We would also like to thank the Judges for their time and commitment to the process:
Thos McDermott, South Dublin County Sports Partnership
Louise Monaghan, National Youth Council of Ireland
Sandra Okome, Health and Well-being Division of the HSE
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