Provost's Civic Pride Awards 2018 a huge success
Posted on 17 Mar 2018
North Ayrshire’s community heroes were the stars of the show at the Provost’s Civic Pride Awards 2018.
The annual event – held for the first time ever in the Portal, Irvine, on Friday, March 16 – was a celebration of the outstanding talent and generous community spirit which exists throughout North Ayrshire.
And once again, charities were quids in as this year’s awards dinner raised more than £17,000, meaning the Provost’s Civic Pride Awards fundraising total has now shot through the £150,000 barrier.
After weeks of public voting – with 10,000 votes being cast - Provost Clarkson had the honour of revealing the winners of each category before ending the night by announcing the winner of his own special Provost’s Award to the guests.
Provost Clarkson said: “It’s been a fantastic night to celebrate our amazing finalists and a wonderful tribute to their hard work and dedication.
“Sometimes, the work of those who enrich our communities can go unnoticed so it is a pleasure to be able to shine a light on their efforts and honour their work.
“We are fortunate to have so many wonderful people whose dedication and enthusiasm have had a positive impact on the lives of local people.
“Everyone who has been involved in the Civic Pride Awards – including the winners, finalists and nominees – should be very proud of their achievements.”
The winners of the Provost’s Civic Pride Awards 2018 are…
The North Ayrshire Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by Marley Contract Services – Ryan Moir. Ryan said: “It’s a great thing to win the North Ayrshire Arts & Culture award. It’s a big surprise but a wonderful feeling.”
North Ayrshire Young Citizen of the Year, sponsored by Cunninghame Housing Association - Ellie Hannah. Ellie said: “It feels amazing and I feel so honoured for everyone who has voted and supported me throughout this. I want to say a huge big thanks to Lauren Fletcher who nominated me for it and really pushed me to the best of my abilities.”
North Ayrshire Arts & Culture Award, sponsored by Saltire Facilities Management - Ryan Moir. Ryan said; “It’s a very big surprise. I didn’t expect to get one award never mind two, so thank you very much to everyone who voted and supported me – it’s a great honour.”
The Community Group Award, sponsored by Bridgend Motor Group - Whitlees Community Association. Stacy Munro and Elizabeth Hardie said: “We‘re delighted. It couldn’t have happened without the community behind us. We put a lot of hard work and effort into getting the community up and running to where to it is today. All the hard work and dedication and the heart and soul that’s in the community centre, I think that’s what won it for us.”
North Ayrshire Sports Award, sponsored by KA Leisure - North Ayrshire Athletics Club. Nicola Murray and Michael Murray said: “We’re absolutely delighted and overwhelmed that people would take the time to vote for us against fantastic opposition in the category with the group from Arran and the girls from Kilwinning. The award is recognition of what we are doing as volunteers and recognition for the athletes as well. It’s a great group and we are really proud to be involved with it.”
And the special Provost’s Award went to Active Schools Young Leaders Arran. Megan McNicol and Ellie Wood said: “We were quite shocked that we won because we didn’t win our section but it’s so nice that we’ve been recognised by the Provost for what we do. It was a big surprise and we would like to thank our ex-coordinator who did a lot of work with us over the last few years and our new sports co-ordinator is helping to carry it on. And all the other young sports leaders also.”
This year’s charity dinner also helped to raise more than £17,000 for two worthy charities - Cash for Kids and The Ayrshire Hospice.
Since the Civic Pride Awards first launched eight years ago, the fundraising total has now smashed through the £150,000 barrier for great causes.
Provost Clarkson said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s event. This would not have been possible without the backing of the many local businesses which supported the awards and the residents who voted in their thousands to select our winners.
“They have helped make a huge difference to the lives of so many people – and the fact that we have now gone through the £150,000 barrier makes all the work behind the scenes so worthwhile.”