Wicklow earns two places in National Lottery Good Cause Awards 2022 finals

A charity providing pre-hospital care and an independent conservation organization from Wicklow are among 35 Irish community groups, sports clubs and organizations that were today announced as national finalists in the 2022 National Lottery for good causes.

icklow is a finalist in the Rapid Response Health and Wellbeing category, while Birdwatch Ireland will contest in the heritage category.

The awards honor the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from across Ireland who have made an extraordinary impact on their local communities by helping the National Lottery funding good causes.

Wicklow Rapid Response is a voluntary charity that provides high-end, pre-hospital critical care service and works in partnership to support and support existing emergency services. Funding received through the HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme allowed WWRR to complete its fundraising to purchase a critical care ventilator and also contributed to fundraising for a loan on its new rapid response vehicle.

Founded in 1968, Birdwatch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organization in Ireland. The purpose of the registered charity, which has over 15,000 members, is to conserve wild birds and their natural habitats. During the COVID pandemic, birds became an important source of entertainment, comfort and solace for people, leading to an increase in inquiries about Irish wildlife. Thanks to Heritage Council and Good Cause funding, their ‘Outreach for Nature’ project aims to help and better engage the public and educate them about the role they can play in supporting nature conservation.

The awards honor the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from across Ireland who have made an extraordinary impact on their local communities by helping the National Lottery funding good causes.

Each of the 35 finalists will receive €1,000 and a hand-drawn trophy and advance to the Grand Finals in seven categories: Arts and Culture, Community, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Irish Language, Sport and Youth. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, 1 October at the Kildare House Hotel, Company Kildare. The seven category winners will each receive €10,000 and the overall good cause of the year will take home an additional €25,000.

Gren Seoige, who hosted the awards for the third year in a row, said: “While last year’s event was truly unique as we had to go virtual due to the COVID restrictions in place, I look forward to meeting this year’s illustrious finalists in person. Am. ,

“Hearing stories of victory, strength and endurance from my past two experiences presenting the awards have come to the fore and I am sure this year will be no different. Seeing how communities across Ireland help and Let’s look for each other, a really inspiring part of the night and one in which I am looking forward to play a part.”

Speaking on the announcement, Sonya Lennon, who is chair of this year’s judging panel, congratulated the 35 finalists who have reached this stage of the awards process.

“Last month, we announced 118 county winners from across the country who had such inspiring stories about working within their communities,” she said. “Narrowing the same list down to 35 finalists was certainly not an easy task as all the entries were actually moving.

“The entire judging process has really proved how important the Good Cause Awards are in recognizing the incredible work being done by groups across the country. I look forward to meeting the finalists and hearing even more about the amazing work they all have done.” I’m looking forward to doing it.”

More information about finalists and the National Lottery Good Cause Awards can be found at: www.lottery.ie/good-causes-awards