Tipperary bereavement support group announced as finalist in first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards

The Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support service in Tipperary has beaten stiff competition to be announced as a finalist and South Region winner in the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards.


The Awards are aimed at honouring the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding. Nearly 30 cent in every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes.

Tipperary bereavement support group announced as finalist in first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Anam Cara has come out tops in the South Region in the Health & Wellbeing Category and now proceeds to the Awards finals at a Gala Dinner in Dublin on November 3rd.


A total of 36 groups from all over Ireland go forward to the final in six categories – Sport, Health & Wellbeing; Arts & Culture; Heritage; Community and Youth. Each national category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get another €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced at a televised gala dinner in Dublin on November 3rd.


Anam Cara is a group where bereaved parents and siblings can meet, share experiences and learn coping mechanisms after the loss of a loved one. Good Causes funding supported monthly ‘Parent Evenings’ where parents are can talk to others who understand.


National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, today congratulated the Tipperary winner on coming through the Regional stage of the competition and wished them the best of luck for the finals.


He said: “We were overwhelmed at the level of entries we received for our first National Lottery Good Causes Awards. We had over 500 applications from every County in Ireland in all categories. Through these Awards we want to show how people, organisations, projects and sports clubs are doing extraordinary things in their communities. This is work that often goes unrecognized.”


Chair of the judging panel, businessman and broadcaster,Bobby Kerr, said: “I have been blown away by the standard of the entries for these very important awards. As somebody who travels regularly all over Ireland for my work I am aware of the impact of National Lottery Good Causes funding. It has been an honour to have learned about the inspiring work that is going on around Ireland through the judging process.”


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