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Searching for Northern Ireland’s unsung heroes

14 April, 2015
Specsavers Northern Ireland Chairman Brian O’Kane at the 2015 Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards
Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards judges

The 2015 Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers have just been launched and judges are looking for who you think best captures the Spirit of Northern Ireland in 2015.

This annual awards ceremony, which will again be televised by UTV, seeks to honour all those who make a difference across Northern Ireland.

Seeking ordinary people doing extraordinary things

The unique Northern Ireland-wide search will give recognition to those whose good deeds have previously gone mostly unnoticed – ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to help others and people whose uplifting stories of selfless acts will touch the hearts of all who read them.

Whether for demonstrating a spirit of compassion, neighbourliness, charity, enterprise, courage or devotion, all nominations are welcome. All those who submit nominations will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 eyecare voucher and a VIP experience at the awards, including an overnight stay at the Culloden, courtesy of Specsavers.

Grand Final

The grand final will take place on Friday, June 12 at the luxurious five-star Culloden Estate & Spa resort in Holywood. Hosting the event this year again will be UTV/U105’s Frank Mitchell and Pamela Ballantine, and just like previous years, the audience will be filled with many local celebrities supporting the event and eager to hear the finalists’ amazing stories.

An incredible event

Specsavers Northern Ireland Chairman Brian O’Kane said: ‘We are delighted to be sponsors of the Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards for the fifth year running, and we are thrilled to continue our association with such an incredible event.

I know I speak for all the Specsavers staff across the province that each year we are humbled and inspired by the stories that are received and I have no doubt that this year will be no different. These awards celebrate all that is good about Northern Ireland and give us the opportunity to champion these incredible people, so urge people to tell us about the unsung heroes in their lives and local communities who deserve recognition.’

Overcoming adversity

There are four awards in total: the Specsavers Overcoming Adversity Award, the Sunday Life Unsung Hero Award, the U105 Young Persons Award and the overall Spirit of Northern Ireland Award.

The finalists

Five finalists from each of the three categories will feature in Sunday Life as well as on UTV and on U105.8FM radio station. One of the finalists, chosen by a judging panel made up of representatives from Specsavers, UTV and Sunday Life will also be named as the Spirit of Northern Ireland winner of 2015.

Enter now

Email your nomination explaining in 50-100 words why you think this person is worthy of a Spirit of Northern Ireland Award to spiritofniawards@sundaylife.co.uk or fill in a form available at your local Specsavers store.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 May.

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