Tipperary called to nominate its Calor Community Champion

The second annual Calor Community Champion 2013, an all-island initiative, has recently been launched following an unprecedented response in 2012.

The second annual Calor Community Champion 2013, an all-island initiative, has recently been launched following an unprecedented response in 2012.

Calor are calling out to communities across Tipperary to make their voices heard, to identify local champions across the county who work tirelessly each and every day to improve the lives of the people around them. With a prize fund of €10,000 up for grabs, this is a wonderful opportunity to honour someone special.

The search is on for local unsung heroes, and will be led this year by TV and radio personality, Síle Seoige, legendary GAA broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and supported by well-known Northern Ireland chef & broadcaster, Paula McIntyre. This summer Paula, Síle, Micheál and the team at Calor need you to be their eyes and ears in helping to find the Calor Community Champion 2013. To enter and nominate your local Tipperary hero could not be easier; all you need to do is ‘like’ the Calor Facebook page, once you become a ‘fan’ you can enter the Community Champion app. Then just provide the name of your nominee, contacts details and in 250 words why you think they deserve to win!

Speaking at the official launch, Síle Seoige, head of the judging panel said: “It is a privilege to be involved in this great initiative by Calor and one which I am fully behind. I have to say it has been humbling to hear some of the inspiring stories of last year’s nominee’s, and I am looking forward to placing the spotlight firmly on our local heroes across island this year, who really are each and every community’s local heroes. You all know who they are, so give them the recognition they truly deserve. I am looking for nominations to come from every corner of Tipperary, so get nominating today!”

Joe Boland, the 2012 Calor Community Champion winner said: “It was truly humbling for me to be named the inaugural Community Champion. The momentum the award has had in Lifford and the local community, we have seen an increase in the numbers of young people joining us in volunteering efforts and joining me in the local scouts. The positive effect the prize has had for the Rainbow Animal Rehoming Centre, the Tipperary Sanctuary and the Lifford Hospital Restoration Fund is truly significant, providing them with a sustainable platform to build for the future, all thanks to the team at Calor.”

The winner of the Calor Community Champion 2013 will receive €1,500 and a bursary of €7,500 to give to their nominated charity or local organisation. The two runners-up will each receive €500. Calor will even throw in €500 for the person or organisation that nominated them. Nominations to crown this year’s champion will close on September 30. Calor will select the top 32 local champions, one from each county and put them to the public vote from October 4 through our Facebook app. The public will have close to four weeks to vote for their favourite and the top four local champions and two wildcards will make it through to the final phase.

The winner will be chosen by the judging panel and the Calor Community Champion 2013 will be announced on November 6. For information and to nominate your local champion, please visit and ‘like’ at www.facebook.com/calorireland.