The Irish Red Cross is seeking nominations for the 2018 Carer of the Year. The award is open to all unpaid carers supporting the needs of people in any circumstance and of any age. Nominees do not need to be Red Cross members.
Paraic McGahey said; “as a humanitarian organisation supporting vulnerable people at home and abroad, the Irish Red Cross believes the work of voluntary carers who dedicate their lives to others should be celebrated, and our Carer of the Year Award does just that. The award helps create public awareness of the extraordinary work undertaken by carers and gives them the chance to win a well-deserved prize.”
Applications should be returned by email or post to 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, D02 XF85, Ireland by Monday 1 October. Nomination forms are also available through Red Cross branches.
The winner will be announced in late November and will receive a luxury hotel break.
With 4% of Irish population working as unpaid carers across the country, there are almost 200,000 people in Ireland eligible for this award. These carers provide 6.6 million hours of care every week (343 million hours of unpaid care a year) and the average number of hours of care provided by Irish carers is 5.5 hours per day. Women provide almost two thirds of all care hours.
Further information, posters or nomination forms can also be obtained from Paraic McGahey at 01-642-4600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org