Philly McMahon, Dublin senior footballing hero and founder of HalfTimeTalk CLG charity is calling on all voluntary and community groups throughout Dublin to make a submission for the 2018 Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards. View his story in the video below.
The Awards provide funding for voluntary and community groups across Dublin to develop new projects, improve their locality and help raise community spirit. To date over 1,800 groups have received funding from Dublin Bus through the Community Spirit Awards which has helped support the development of new projects, grow services and improve facilities in local areas. Any voluntary and community group based in the Greater Dublin Area is eligible to apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000.
On 28 May, Philly was on hand to announce the launch of the Community Spirit Awards for 2018 which took place at the official reopening of the One Family early years crèche in Smithfield. One Family, Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting, and separating, with the help of a €5,000 Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award, have refurbished its Early Years Service. They worked with the Men’s Shed from Kells, Co. Meath to fit out and equip the crèche with good quality furniture for the babies and toddlers who access their service.
Speaking at the launch about the impact of a €5,000 grant on his charity, HalfTimeTalk CLG last year, Philly McMahon said; “The grant gives us the ability to provide more programmes and support for youths that will reinforce the self-belief that they have a right and potential to be the best that they can be. I would encourage all voluntary and community groups to make an application for a Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award – the money will go a long way.”
Dublin Bus is now looking for more community groups to support this year. Dublin Bus Chief Executive Ray Coyne said; “Philly is a role model to young people across Dublin and especially in his local area in Ballymun where, through his charity HalfTimeTalk CLG, he educates, trains and empowers young, unemployed adults. We were delighted to be able to support his charity with a €5,000 grant and we know there are many more Philly McMahons in community groups across the Greater Dublin Area who we want to encourage and support. Our Awards highlight the heroes in our local communities who give up their time to give something back and improve the lives of others where they live.”
Voluntary organisation can now enter the 2018 awards at www.dublinbus.ie. Application forms will be accepted up to 17.00 on 29 June 2018.