Provost Civic Pride Awards 2013
Posted on 1 Apr 2013
North Ayrshire Provost's Civic Pride Awards recognise the cream of community crop
Community volunteers and local charities were the big winners at the North Ayrshire Provost's Civic Pride Awards on Friday night.
Provost Joan Sturgeon was delighted to host her first Civic Pride Awards and paid tribute to the fantastic groups and individuals who have been recognised for the talent, hard work and commitment to their communities.
The Provost's Civic Pride Awards highlighted the lengths so many people go to in order to make the area a fantastic place to live, work and visit.
And the lively Charity Dinner at Seamill Hydro raised thousands of pounds for two charities – Cash for Kids and The Butterfly Club.
Arran entrepreneur Alasdair Dobson was the guest speaker on the night, joining community representatives, charity volunteers, a raft of local businessmen and women and the fifteen deserving finalists for the nail-biting announcement of the five Civic Pride Award winners.
The people of North Ayrshire have been voting in their thousands over the last few weeks - keen to ensure their community champions were given the recognition they deserve.
After a tense build up, Provost Sturgeon had the honour of announcing the five winners to the excited audience.
The five deserving winners were:
North Ayrshire Community Group Award sponsored by Irvine Housing Association – Saltcoats Library Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service.
North Ayrshire Sports Award sponsored by KA Leisure – Kilwinning Sports Club Ladies Football
North Ayrshire Arts and Culture Award sponsored by ANCHO – North Ayrshire Museums Forum
North Ayrshire Citizen of the Year sponsored by Marley Contract Services – Norrie and Rose Brown
North Ayrshire Young Citizen of the Year Award sponsored by Cunninghame Housing Association – Scott Robinson
Provost Sturgeon also took the opportunity to present her very own Provost's Award to Saltcoats Library Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service.
Friday's event – the third Civic Pride Awards to be held in North Ayrshire, made a point of recognising the talent, skills and enthusiasm of the groups and individuals who make such a huge difference to their local communities.
People across North Ayrshire nominated and voted for the groups and individuals who make a significant difference to the lives of those within their communities. Local businesses showed their pride in North Ayrshire by sponsoring award categories, booking tables and donating prizes for the charity auction and raffle.
The event raised cash through award sponsorship, the sale of tickets, donations from local businesses, and a charity raffle and auction.
The money raised from the event will be split equally between the two benefitting charities to help them support local people in need.
Provost Sturgeon said: "I was absolutely delighted to meet all of the finalists tonight. Sometimes their hard work and dedication to their communities can go relatively unnoticed – so it is a pleasure to be able to give something back to those who do so much for North Ayrshire.
"It is safe to say that the communities of North Ayrshire would not be such a wonderful place if it wasn't for the dedication and enthusiasm of local people.
"Each and every one who has been involved in the Civic Pride Awards – including the winners, finalists and nominees – should be very proud of their achievements.
"The support for the Civic Pride Awards and Charity Dinner has been outstanding and I would sincerely like to thank everyone who has backed the event - from the local people who nominated their community champions to the local businesses who sponsored the awards and donated auction and raffle prizes.
"As well as demonstrating the importance of Civic Pride, we have also been able to raise a fantastic sum for the two charities – The Butterfly Club and Cash for Kids. This will go some way to supporting local people who need a helping hand."