Businesses that give back to the community should be acknowledged for their efforts, Galway County Mayor Cllr Thomas Welby has said.
Cllr Welby said he was delighted that a Corporate Social Responsibility category has been introduced to this year’s Mayor’s Awards.
“Many private businesses operating around the county have made a deliberate effort to give back to the community, for example through sponsorship, being more environmentally conscious, internal fundraising activities or allowing staff to engage in community activities,” commented Cllr Welby.
“Businesses that go beyond their financial and legal obligations should be acknowledged and rewarded and I hope that this award can go some way to doing that,” he added.
Three Heritage Awards are now included in the Mayor’s Awards as well as the Community Enterprise Award, Environmental Award, Sports Award, Arts and Culture Award, Social Inclusion Award and the very special Volunteer of the Year Award. In recognition of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing, a new Intergenerational Award has also been included this year.
Winners will be presented with a specially commissioned prestigious Mayor’s Award hand crafted by Loughrea craft producer Marcin Calka of Reborn Art Studios and a €500 cheque to use for their work.
This Friday, 17 October is the deadline for entries, which are being sought for a record 11 categories this year.
Information and nomination forms can be downloaded from www.galway.ie/mayorsawards or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Community and Enterprise office of Galway County Council on 091-476400.