Banagher woman is Offaly nominee for the Calor Community Champion

Calor, Ireland’s leading supplier of rural energy solutions has today announced the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural Community Champion.

Calor, Ireland’s leading supplier of rural energy solutions has today announced the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural Community Champion.

Following several weeks of intense nominating, entries were received from every corner of Offaly. Cora Stronge-Smith has been shortlisted as the Offaly nominee for the Community Champion initiative.

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Cora was a founder member of the Girl Guides in Banagher 1973, and a positive, forward focussed individual. She acted as District, Area and Regional Commissioner over the years and sat on the National Executive for six years. Cora also represented the region on both Guide and Outdoor Committees. She is dedicated to local voluntary work in the area, not only to the Girl Guides but to drama and ensuring that credit union services are available for all those in the community.

It is time to support your county woman and to show true community spirit, so support Cora to help her be in with a chance to be crowned Community Champion 2012 and make Offaly the home of this year’s inaugural winner of the competition. The winner of the Calor Community Champion 2012 will receive €1,500 and a bursary of €7,500 to give to their nominated charity or local organisation. Calor is even throwing in €500 for the person or organisation that nominated them.

Voting is now open to each and every member of the public through the Calor Facebook page. To support your local hero, Cora Stronge-Smith and play your part in helping her to be recognised as the first Calor Community Champion could not be easier, visit our Gallery of Nominees to see who is representing your county, read about the organisation they have selected to receive the prize and their ‘pitch’ for your vote at www.facebook.com/calorireland. The public will have till August 20th to vote for their favourite and the top four local champions and two wildcards will make it through to the final phase.

Speaking at the shortlist announcement, Hector Ó hEochagáin, TV personality and head of the Judging Panel said, “We asked for nominations from every corner and boreen on the island and you have not disappointed! All of us on the judging panel have been heartened by the stories of unseen work going on across our local communities. This initiative has been a platform to shed light on these truly deserving people, like Cora Stronge-Smith here in Offaly. We now have a gallery of what can only be described as real life community heroes. Now it is time to see what each county is truly made of and who the best supporters are, so visit the Gallery of Nominees and get voting today!”

Jennifer Fagan, Marketing Executive, Calor Gas said, “At Calor we have been overwhelmed by the quality of work going on across the country and the numbers of nominations which have been flooding in to us. These people help to raise aspirations and create a feel-good factor within local communities. Choosing the local champions has been a hard task, without them it is clear our communities would be much poorer places. Calor wants every county to get behind their local champion and provide them with the reward and recognition they deserve.”

The winner will be chosen by our Judging Panel led by TV and radio personality, Hector Ó hEochagáin, and including legendary GAA and sports broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Jennifer Fagan from Calor. The Calor Community Champion 2012 will be announced on September 4th.