Konrad Im, LGBT Cork, Cork

Konrad has spent the last 3 years volunteering with multiple charitable organizations within the LGBT community and also outside that. He recently started college as a mature student doing Community Development in Cork Institute of Technology where he has become Class Rep and also First Year Rep for the LGBT Society. On top of that he still schedules his volunteer work with different organizations throughout the week. He’s the kind of person that stays up late most nights of the week working out how he can help others and spends his own money helping others out. He has volunteered with Cork Gay Project, Sexual Health Centre Cork, Cork Pride, Up Cork Youth Group, St Vincent de Paul and Mr. Gay Cork.

With this creative background, dedication and hard work he has run or been involved with over 30 fundraisers alone in the last 3 years. He’s constantly studying, creating and planning how each event or campaign can be bigger and better than the last. He gets very embarrassed when people try to give him credit for the voluntary work he does. He has amassed a huge amount of contacts around Ireland and Europe that he pulls in to get involved and volunteer their own time to help his events.

 

Patricia Lynch, Dunshaughlin Community, Meath

Patricia has been involved in community work for the past 40 years by volunteering with the Scouts, as an adult literacy tutor, the Dundalk Agricultural Show, the RSPCA and family Halloween events and with the Dunshaughlin and wider Meath Community for the last 14 years.  In the last 10 years alone, she has been responsible for founding, developing and sourcing funding with other members of the community – Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival, an award-winning community festival which attracts 15k people to Dunshaughlin each year, developing a professional heritage trail, Christmas fairs, residence associations, taking part in a Weight Loss Challenge for Make -a – Wish Ireland, where 20 members of the Dunshaughlin Community raised €20,000 for the charity.  RTE Dirty Old Towns Production organising annual famine graveyard commemorations, a heritage community facility development project and Meath Field Names project.  Patricia also volunteers with Failte Isteach and is still out litter picking with the Tidy Towns.  Patricia is passionate about people of all ages working together to bring about positive change to their community while making new friends and having fun. She also believes that the community & voluntary and business sector should work side by side to promote their areas at a local, county and national level.

On a small scale for years she did a car run to bring Senior Citizens to their Club each week, along with organising fundraising events for other community groups.    On a bigger scale she has been involved in quite a number of community projects.  These projects have brought employment, prosperity, community engagement and development to not only Dunshaughlin but also the wider Meath community.  Nothing is too big or too small – Patricia with the group puts everything in place to ensure projects are  successful, empowering and include all sectors of the community.

 

Sr Patricia Wall, Miscellaneous, Tipperary

Since 1996 Sister Patricia Wall has dedicated her life to volunteering and community work within the area of Slieveardagh. The Slieveadagh area is a rural disadvantaged area in South Tipperary. She works with the three main projects in this area and she was involved in the establishment, setting up and running of all three. She is on the Board of them all, and takes a hands-on approach as she visits each project daily/weekly and has an input to the running of each.

She is a strong advocate to help organisations realise their ambitions, such as helping the local Playground committee to get funding and land to build the local playground. She almost singlehandedly, developed a historical corner in the village of Ballingarry, turning a derelict site into a beautiful tourist attraction and historical monument. She goes above and beyond the call of duty to secure funding for projects in the area, helping community groups with paper work and applications and because of this, many projects have been developed. Also known as The Flying Nun, Sr Patricia jumped out of a plane (aged 75!) to raise much needed funds AWARE – a charity close to her heart.  Now 80 years old, she still volunteers every day of the week giving back to as many groups as she can in the local community.