In 2012 we saw over 300 projects submitted into the competition all of which were fantastic causes covering a wide range of areas.
Have a look at the attached video to see the 2012 winners projects and how the prize fund has made a difference in their community.
2012 winners and how the prize made a difference
Dawson Whyte Ltd - North Down Special Olympics
Category: Supporting local sports
With 60 athletes of all ages, each of which have a learning disability, this club has helped change the lives of its members by enhancing social interaction and improving self-esteem and physical abilities. Funding is now required for the recruitment of volunteers, new equipment and clothing for the athletes and to enable us to enter athletics competitions on the mainland.
Hugh McKinty is a director of Dawson Whyte Ltd and is very involved with the club as his daughter is a member of the club, and his other daughter is a volunteer at the club. Hugh himself has supported the club by training with the athletes in preparation for the relay event for the Belfast marathon as well as providing funding for the club through staff fundraising and sponsorship. Dawson Whyte have entered staff teams in the Belfast Marathon and raised much needed funds for the club in the past. Hugh has attended many of the events held at the club and intends to continue to do this. This support has been fantastic for the club but it must be noted that the volunteers who work with the athletes get so much back in return for their time. Dawson Whyte has an office in The North Down catchment area and two offices within 15 miles of the club.
Mark Richard (Brokers) Ltd - Friends of Grimsbury Farm
Category: Enhancing the local environment
The Friends of Grimsbury Farm is a community farm taken from the council’s hands due to lack of funding. Thanks to the committee and dedicated, fund-raising volunteers, new life has been breathed into the working community farm which provides educational and learning support for families, school children and those with special needs through the enjoyment of animals and open space play.
Boyd - Lapwing Lodge Scout Outdoor Centre
Category: Supporting local youth facilities
The aim is to help the centre buy the dam it currently leases. This will enable the centre to expand its range of water-based activities offered to able-bodied and disabled young people throughout the community.
Oval Insurance Brokers - Buzz-Ah! (Celebrating Difference)
Category: Helping with disability and health needs
Buzz-Ah! is a theatre group and a unique creative community, bringing together people with and without disabilities on an equal basis and encouraging them to collaborate through the medium of performing arts – Celebrating Difference!
Reid Briggs - Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre
Category: Supporting local education and training
The EAPG charity runs Chalk Farm Hotel providing practical experience, transferable skills and self-confidence for adults with learning disabilities. The charity need financial assistance to complete improvements. New bathroom suites in the bedrooms will allow them to maximize potential income from the hotel and help secure the future of the charity.