The Community Hero Award is a lifetime achievement award honouring a volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to a good cause.
The winning entry will receive a €1,000 prize. (All cash prizes will be distributed to organisations, rather than individuals.)
This award is a unique collaboration between the Volunteer Ireland Awards and The Wheel’s Charity Impact Awards. It aims to shine a light on those remarkable individuals who, year after year, dedicate their time and energy to supporting a community and voluntary organisation, club or association.
This Award does not have an entry or voting period. The winner will be announced as part of the Charity Impact Awards ceremony on 7 December 2021.
Meet the 2020 Community Hero
The 2020 Community Hero Award was awarded to Noelle Fitzsimons who have spent the past 30 years supporting the victims of crime in court, all in a voluntary capacity. In 2019 alone, Noelle gave 163 days of her own time to providing much needed support to over 200 victims and victims’ families of such crimes as domestic violence, theft, burglary, murder, sexual abuse, among others. She played a key role in establishing Victim Support at Court V-SAC.