Five local charities will be able to expand their impact as they will soon receive donations from the Gorey Business and Endeavour Awards.
The event, which took place in the Amber Springs Hotel in late January, was aimed at celebrating the work of businesses, charities, clubs and groups in north Wexford.
In addition to awarding 14 individuals and groups from across the community, the event served as a fundraiser, pulling in a total of €8,411 on the night. This money will be donated to Advocated for Autism (€2,046), Talk to Tom (€1,889.10), Jack and Jill Charity Boutique Gorey (€1,630), Meals on Wheels Gorey (€1,428.50) and Defibs4Gorey (€1,418).
"It is absolutely brilliant! It really is. We were thrilled with the amount raised and would be hoping to go even further every time. We hope to reach the €10,000 mark next year,” said organiser, Philip Cullen.
The money raised this year is the highest amount raised at the event to date. In the first year, €4,559 was raised, with the second event cancelled due to the pandemic. The third event in 2021 was held online and brought in €5,000.
The Gorey Business and Endeavour Awards was established by Philip Cullen from Southeast Mortgages and Financial Services and Dave Jordan from Cada Media Ltd. It was established to promote businesses, companies, charities, groups, associations and people in the North Wexford area that should be recognised for their roles in making Gorey and North Wexford a great place to work and live. It is organised in partnership with the Gorey Business Network.