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Final call for Best Kept Community Achiever nominations

George Best Belfast City Airport joins organisers in encouraging nominations for the prestigious individual award in 60th anniversary of annual civic pride initiative

Calling for nominations in Northern Ireland to enter the 2017 Best Kept Awards Community Achiever Award are Doreen Muskett MBE, President of the NI Amenity Council; Joe Mahon, Patron of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and Michelle Hatfield, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility at awards sponsors Belfast City Airport.

Calling for nominations in Northern Ireland to enter the 2017 Best Kept Awards Community Achiever Award are Doreen Muskett MBE, President of the NI Amenity Council; Joe Mahon, Patron of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and Michelle Hatfield, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility at awards sponsors Belfast City Airport.

Do you know someone in your local community who always goes the extra mile to help keep the area at its ‘Best Kept’?

If so, the Northern Ireland Best Kept Awards, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary under new title sponsorship, has issued a final call to all communities to nominate special individuals who work tirelessly to ensure our communities are a better, cleaner and brighter place for everyone.

The event, organised by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, launched in January with new partner George Best Belfast City Airport.

The initiative seeks to identify and celebrate Northern Ireland’s best looked-after towns, villages, schools, healthcare facilities and housing areas, as well as the invaluable volunteers who give their time to ensure their areas stay tidy. First established in 1957, the competition has grown over the years and now includes 90 awards across six categories.

The ‘Community Achiever’ award was introduced in 2015 to recognise the hard work and important role that volunteers play. Nominations should be emailed to niamenity@btconnect.com on or before Friday 25 August, the applications will then be judged and the winner announced at the final awards ceremony of the year for Best Kept Town & Village at Belfast City Hall on 10th October 2017

Doreen Muskett, President, Northern Ireland Amenity Council, said:

“Volunteers are central to ensuring that our cities, towns and villages are litter free, clean and colourful. Without their efforts, the Best Kept Awards would simply not exist and it is thanks to them that our communities are a better, cleaner and brighter place for everyone to enjoy.

“Over the 60 years of the Best Kept Award initiatives, our judges have met hundreds of inspiring individuals who go the extra mile for the benefit of their community, neighbours and everyone’s enjoyment. We are delighted to be able to recognise special individuals who go above and beyond for the benefit of all.”

Nominating an individual for the Community Achiever award is really simple. All you need to do is submit a short summary outlining who the person is, describing some of their great work and their impact on your community.

Michelle Hatfield, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility at Belfast City Airport, said:

“Belfast City Airport is delighted to partner with the Best Kept Awards in this significant year. Since its inception, the awards have helped massively in creating a sense of civic pride among communities in towns, villages, schools and healthcare facilities across Northern Ireland.

“At Belfast City Airport, we deliver an award-winning Community Commitment Plan which focuses on Community, Education, Environment and People. We also know the wonderful impact that volunteering has on our local area and our staff have opportunities to volunteer locally throughout the year.

“We know the important impact that businesses and individuals can have on their communities, and to have an award that recognises and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the volunteers throughout the country is brilliant – our communities wouldn’t be the same without them.

“Volunteering locally is a fantastic way to meet new people while making a difference to your area and, having volunteered through my job, I would really encourage everyone to give it a go.”

Nominations to the ‘Community Achiever’ award must be submitted by Friday 25 August.

For more information on how to nominate an individual, please visit www.niacbestkept.com or call the Northern Ireland Amenity Council on 028 9040 3681.

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