Lions Young Ambassador Earns Top Mayoral Award

GALWAY CITY MAYOR’S AWARD WINNERS 2020 ANNOUNCED Cliodhna McDonald, Galway Lions Club Young Ambassador** was today announced as the Galway City Council Volunteer of the Year, for the Seventeenth Annual Mayor’s Awards for Galway City.
The awards, which are normally celebrated with a ceremony in April, were held under different circumstances this year due to COVID-19 restrictions – yet the spirit of volunteerism in Galway City was celebrated just the same.
Mayor of Galway City, Mayor Mike Cubbard presented the top award to Cliodhna McDonald in recognition of her voluntary support for young people in Galway City. “Cliodhna is a reliable, dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer who provides invaluable support to the Galway Special Olympics Young Athletes Club. The benefits and difference sport can make to the young athletes in the club is life changing, and Cliodhna certainly embraces that ethos in her volunteering.” Cllr Cubbard commented.
“The importance of volunteering to communities has really come to the fore in recent months and I would like to sincerely congratulate and thank all winners and nominees for their dedication and commitment to volunteering in the last year” he added.
There were ten other Category Winners awarded, across a hugely diverse range of areas, all making a significant impact across Galway City. The winners were presented with a beautifully handcrafted wooden platter, made by Galway woodturners Ambrose & Brid, from Mayor Cubbard on Friday 26th June 2020 at Leisureland in Salthill.
Over 130 individuals and groups, who were nominated across all categories, will receive certificates from the Mayor in celebration of voluntary activity in community life in the city.
The Mayors Awards recognised voluntary service from 2019 and were organised by Galway City Council.
The recipients in each of the categories were:
:Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge Award:
– Volunteers of Westside Arts Festival
:Special Recognition Award:
– Galway 2020 Wave Makers
:Residents & Local Areas Award
– Lower Salthill Residents Association (LRSA),
:Community Service & Social Inclusion (Individual) Award:
– Lorraine Lally
:Community Service & Social Inclusion (Group) Award:
– Claddagh Watch Patrol
:Older Volunteer of the Year Award:
– Joan Kavanagh
:Environmental Sustainability Award
– Dan Clabby
:Sports Volunteer of the Year Award:
– Michael Murphy
:Children and Youth Support Award:
– Real Action Kids Club
:Young Volunteer of the Year Award:
– Jakub Kostanski
:Galway City Council Volunteer of the Year Award
– Cliodhna McDonald
:Each of the winners received a beautifully handcrafted wood turned platter, decorated with the Galway City Council logo, made by Ambrose & Brid Woodturning.

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**The Lions Young Ambassador of the 21st Century Award programme, which operates throughout Europe, is part of the Lions Opportunities for Youth initiative. It is a competition that recognises young people (between the ages of 15 and 19) for their outstanding community service involvement, leadership accomplishments, and their speaking ability. The programme encourages young people to see community service as an integral part of leadership skills. By celebrating achievement alongside community service young people begin to understand the importance of clubs such as Lions and our motto “We Serve”. The programme is looking for leaders of the future with an emphasis on community service as being part of that leadership.