Antrim entries are being sought for the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards 2014, which honour those who make a significant, and often unheralded, contribution to society.
Now in the fourth year, the awards have expanded to feature categories specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as categories which are open to all.
Members of the Antrim public can nominate their ‘hero’ who they feel deserves to be recognised for an award across categories such as ‘Age Is No Barrier’, ‘Triumph Over Adversity’ and ‘Unsung Hero’.
Submissions can be made online at www.hiddenhearing.org or by filling out an entry form in Hidden Hearing’s branches and clinics.
The awards were launched by RTE radio personality and Heroes Awards Ambassador Brenda Donohue along with great grandmother and marathon running veteran Maureen Armstrong.
Proving that age is no barrier, 89-year-old Maureen took part in the Dublin Mini Marathon this year for the 20th time.
Speaking at the launch of the awards, Stephen Leddy, Managing Director, Hidden Hearing said: “Over the past few years the Heroes Awards have allowed us to shine a light on many inspirational people who have excelled in various aspects of life and made a significant contribution to society.
“Heroes aren’t always famous footballers or global celebrities, they live among us and quietly improve the world around them. We are delighted to expand this year’s awards to include a range of new categories and I would encourage everybody who wants to acknowledge the hero in their lives to submit an entry.”
Radio personality and Ambassador for the Heroes Awards, Brenda Donohue said: “I’m delighted to be associated with these very special awards, which acknowledge and celebrate inspirational individuals whose efforts make a positive and significant difference to our communities.
“Far too often their extraordinary acts go unnoticed so I would urge the people of Antrim to nominate their ‘hero’ to ensure they get the recognition they deserve.”
There are seven categories, with one award recipient for each category:
· Age Is No Barrier Award – celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of those who are over 65
· Triumph Over Adversity – for inspirational people of all ages who have overcome adversity in their lives
· Unsung Hero – for an unsung hero who has enhanced the wellbeing of others
· Youth Award - for those under the age of 16 who have achieved much in their young lives
· Deaf / Hard of Hearing Award – recognises someone who has overcome the challenges of being Deaf / hard of hearing and excelled
· Family Award – nomination for a family member who has been a great support to a Deaf or hard of hearing person
· Medical hero – recognises a medical professional for their commitment to their patients and going beyond the call of duty
See www.hiddenhearing.org for further information.