GSK today (21 March) launched its call for entries for its third annual GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards, according to a statement it issued.
It outlined that the awards are designed to recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland
It highlighted that there are 'thousands of unsung healthcare heroes all over Ireland: charities at the heart of Irish communities who are making a huge difference on the ground who deserve to be recognised'.
Claire Taaffe, communications director for GSK, says: “Irish healthcare charities are on the ground tackling some of society’s most difficult health challenges. GSK wants to champion these charities, many of whom are at the heart of Irish community health and wellbeing, and support them in continuing their great work.
Last year, the five winning charities of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards were Nurture, Sensational Kids, Anam Cara, Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Traveller Counselling Service.
The five runners-up were Amen Support Services, Cork Mental Health Foundation, Smashing Times Theatre Company, HIV Ireland and Move4Parkinson's.
"Previous IMPACT winners show that it is possible to run a small charity well while making a huge impact in communities. Last year we found 10 truly inspirational charities and we are so proud to have helped them continue and expand their support. We are on the hunt for this year’s winners and hope that small healthcare charities around the country enter and apply”. Taffee added.
Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding through the awards, while five runner-up charities receive €2,000 each.
In addition to the prize money, winning charities also receive a specially commissioned video and photography package to help them promote their work.
Irene Lowry, CEO of Nurture, said: “Winning the GSK IMPACT Award for Nurture was of huge benefit, helping us to create a greater social impact of our work in Ireland.
This years awards will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals which includes Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, and Deirdre Garvey, CEO of the Wheel.
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