The Get Involved Awards will take place on February 26th 2015 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. The event will recognise sustainable community projects undertaken in 2014, which were facilitated by their local newspapers.
Get Involved is a sustainable community initiative and competition developed by two local newspaper associations, NNI Local and Local Ireland, which between them represent 51 local newspapers with a combined readership of 1.65 million people. The awards programme is sponsored by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
In 2014, 21 projects from 18 counties were shortlisted into a competition with a chance to win €7,000 worth of bursary, including €5,000 for the winning project. Every completed project made a substantial positive impact on its community.
The Get Involved Awards event will celebrate the winning projects and it promises to inspire prospective participants through a “conversation cafe” on community, collaboration and the role of local newspapers; plus presentations on a range of topics linked to sustainability and co-operation in the community. Speakers include Declan Meally and Brian Motherway of sponsors Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI); Davie Philip; Anja Murray; and chairman of the Get Involved judging panel, Duncan Stewart.