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Friday 31 October 2014

Recognition for group at awards ceremony

Published 05/12/2012 | 10:07

Jane Wardick-Devin and Robert Berrill in the Local Heroes office in Slane.

THEY'VE TOILED quietly for almost a year, but last week the Slane Local Heroes got a bit of public recognition for their community efforts to improve their village.

They won the overall award for 'Not for Profit Organisation of the Year' at a glittering ceremony last week in Ashbourne, at the Meath Business and Tourism awards.

'It was great to receive the award, and be acknowledged for the hard work,' says Local Heroes volunteer Michele Power, sitting in the Hub office in the main street.

' There was a lovely ceremony in the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne on November 22, and it was very motivational to the committee and volunteers to be rewarded for the past year.'

Now in its third year, the Meath Business and Tourism Awards aims to celebrate the hard-working people involved in businesses and tourism in the county.

The group also recently received a boost to the coffers thanks to the local credit union. A financial donation of €2,500 was handed over to the group, and it was gratefully received as even though there are grants available, they don't stretch far.

One of the projects for which it got a special mention was the Slane Youth Cafe, which opened in September.

It is going from strength to strength, and now they are looking for volunteers to help out.

Currently there are 50 youths in the cafe and a waiting list for more.

If there were more volunteers no one would be refused.

If you think of anyone that may be interested please get them to call the Youth Cafe at 086 0730170.

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