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Inspirational Youth of the West Awards

THUMBS UP: Martin and Tom McIlwaine, last year’s Most Inspirational Youth of the West, with Jacqueline O'Donnell of the Andersonstown News and John Jones, manager of the Kennedy Centre, launching Inspirational Youth of the West 2018 THUMBS UP: Martin and Tom McIlwaine, last year’s Most Inspirational Youth of the West, with Jacqueline O'Donnell of the Andersonstown News and John Jones, manager of the Kennedy Centre, launching Inspirational Youth of the West 2018
By Staff Reporter

THE Andersonstown News is set to honour our young people with the paper’s third Inspirational Youth of the West Awards.

The awards will highlight and draw attention to all the good and inspiring work that our young people do – and which is sometimes overlooked – and we’ll shine a big light on our youth (18 and under) who make West Belfast such a wonderful place to live.

Everyone recognises that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, so we need your help to find the most inspirational in an array of categories that includes football, hurling, education, charity fundraising and carer amongst many, many others.

We are seeking nominations across 28 categories so we can draw up a shortlist of three outstanding contenders from each. Our readers will then vote for the most inspirational young person in each category.

There will then be a special evening of celebration for our high achieving youth in the Devenish Complex on Friday 9th November.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors: Cooper’s Pharmacy, Workforce Training Services, Noel Grimley Electrics Ltd, McDonald’s Westwood, Specsavers Park Centre and SAG Credit Union.

Our premier partner is the Kennedy Centre. John Jones, Kennedy Centre Manager, said: “Every day here in the Kennedy Centre we see first hand the inspirational youth of West Belfast and we couldn’t be more delighted than to have teamed up with the Andersonstown News for the third year as the premier partner in this prestigious event.

“It’s very important to showcase and praise these young people who make such an impact in the area and make us all proud to be from West Belfast.”

He added: “We look forward to the nomination process and we especially look forward to the award ceremony so we can cheer on our inspirational youth.”

Nominations are now open online (See page 15 for categories) and will close on Friday September 28th at 12 noon.

To nominate please go to www.belfastmediagroup.com/inspirationalyouth

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