Overall winner – Charles Henderson being presented by Dwayne Hunt SuperValu Kinsale Store Manager
28th September 2015 – Ten TidyTowns Committee members from across Ireland were named the SuperValu Community Heroes for 2015. The award celebrates the efforts of ten SuperValu Community Heroes who act as exemplary members of their community. Each hero was acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to their local area through their involvement in SuperValu TidyTowns.
Charles Henderson of Kinsale TidyTowns Committee was presented with the overal title of the SuperValu Community Hero Award. Charles, who was nominated by fellow Kinsale TidyTowns Committee members and local Kinsale SuperValu retailer Michael Smith, is one of the founding members of Kinsale TidyTowns and has been instrumental in motivating and encouraging the local community while at the helm of the committee for over thirty years.
On hand to present the prize was Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, with the announcement being greeted with great celebration. SuperValu is the competition’s main sponsor for 24 years, making it one of Ireland’s longest running sponsorships.
Speaking at the ceremony, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said, “These ten TidyTowns volunteers from around the country have made an outstanding contribution to their local area, rallying those around them to achieve a shared goal and bettering their community as a result. We are delighted to recognise that contribution through the SuperValu Community Hero award. Their relentless commitment to working for the good of their local community is what makes this competition the success it is today.”
“At SuperValu we believe in building vibrant local communities and nothing captures that belief more than the SuperValu TidyTowns initiative. With 223 stores embedded in communities across Ireland, SuperValu and its retailers are committed to supporting TidyTowns committees and local communities around the country.”
The Helix in Dublin was packed with a 1,000 representatives of TidyTowns groups from all over the country for the awards ceremony. Interest in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been consistently high and this year marked the highest number of entries to date with 862 towns and villages entering into the competition.
The TidyTowns competition is organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992.
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