Southill Family Resource Centre wins top award

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

Southill Family Resource Centre has won a prestigious Pride of Place Award 2011 in the Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Cities Competition.

Southill Family Resource Centre has won a prestigious Pride of Place Award 2011 in the Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Cities Competition.

The centre, which is based in O’Malley Park, took the top prize in the Community Health Initiative category at the awards, which were announced at a gala ceremony in Wexford last Saturday.

The awards recognise the selfless work being carried out in communities all over Ireland.

The Southill centre took the prize for its Health Matters Naturally project, which is run by volunteers and offers free alternative health services to children and adults living in the Southill area, as well as offering outreach support to a number of other communities across the city.

Limerick‘s Get BACk Challenge was also an award winner, taking the second prize in the ‘Sport in the Community’ Section of the Pride of Place competition.

Get BACk was founded by a group of Limerick business people in 2006 and is run on a voluntary basis, aiming to encourage and support the participation of disadvantaged children and young people in sports and physical activity. Run by Focus Consulting, Get BACk hosts annual events every year, including a cycle to Doonbeg, and funds programmes that promote healthy and active lifestyles, to help prevent childhood obesity and cancer. It also aims to foster community partnership and bring organisations together to enjoy and develop sport in Limerick.

In total, four projects from the community and voluntary sector were nominated by Limerick City Council for awards in the Pride of Place Cities competition. The Moyross Residents Forum and Limerick Civic Trust were also nominated and Mayor of Limerick Cllr Jim Long said he wanted to congratulate all the winners and nominees which “have made Limerick city tremendously proud.”