James Butler, blogger, social media expert and volunteer, was on hand to help launch this year’s awards.
James met with the #SOCAwards2017 team to tell us about his volunteering experience. Click here to watch the video.
“Volunteering has been an important part of my life for over eight years, however, it’s something that not many people know about,” said Butler. “Giving our time and commitment to causes that affect our families, our communities and those further afield is one of the most admirable traits you can find in people. That is why it is such a positive sign for our society to see young people putting themselves forward, despite any adversity they have in their own lives, to help those that are less fortunate”.
“The Pramerica Spirit Community Awards gives a voice to these selfless young people and what they are doing. The awards inspire us as to how important volunteering is and encourages us all to put the phones and the tablets down and do what we can for those who need it,” he said.
“Pramerica believes in supporting young people committed to making a difference in their local communities, who see the challenges that society faces and are determined to create positive outcomes,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica.
“After 11 years, the stories of the contributions of these young people still makes me sit back in admiration,” she said. “I’m looking forward to finding out about the outstanding work of new volunteers across Ireland through our awards programme this year.”
Two overall winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in March 2017. These All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be awarded €1,000 each for their chosen charity and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual international Prudential Spirit of Community Awards celebration.
The 20 finalists will all be awarded €500 for their charities at the ceremony.