A Message from President Michael D Higgins, 2012
Patron of the Volunteer Ireland Awards
I am delighted to send my best wishes to all of those shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Awards.
We are living through a time when volunteering and active citizenship are needed more than ever before. All of the nominees for this important accolade have proven that they have a natural sense of community and an instinct to look out for others; qualities which are a truly important part of our national fabric.
I would like to thank you all for the many hours you dedicate to helping your fellow citizens and the enormous contribution you are making to a fairer and more inclusive society.
Michael D Higgins
Preseident of Ireland