Winners All at 2018 Annual Sustainable Ireland Awards
Once again, there was an impressively high standard of entries for the annual Sustainable Ireland Awards 2018 held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast.
With 15 different categories, judging was made all the more challenging, with very little between many of the finalists; indeed, in some instances, awards were made jointly as the final two in those categories could not be separated.
Commented Sustainable Ireland General Manager Golda Burrows: “This year our judges had an extremely difficult task in narrowing the entries down to the finalists and choosing the worthy winners, so, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our judges, who have shown integrity, dedication and passion for selecting the best.
“Also, a big thank you to all of you who entered because without YOU – and our generous sponsors – this night would not take place.”
Guest speaker at the event was David Small Deputy Secretary of Environment & Marine Group and Chief Executive of NIEA.
This year, our Special Achievement Award was presented to one of the founding members of the B9 Energy Group, Ian Harvey, in recognition of his contribution to the energy and environmental sectors across the island of Ireland; you can read more of his achievements later in this special supplement.
There were plenty of raffle prizes up for grabs during the night, including an overnight stay with dinner in the Titanic Suite at the Europa Hotel donated by Europa Hotel, Belfast; £200 voucher for the Merchant Hotel donated by D&P Commercial Repairs; One night B&B in a superior guestroom in the Fitzwilliam Hotel donated by Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast; Family Pass for Streamvale Farm donated by Streamvale Farm; Two family passes for the Jet Centre donated by the Jet Centre; Land Rover Experience in Scotland donated by Land Rover; Two VIP passes to Armoy Road Races 2019 donated by NakedPR; and one night B&B in a luxury guest room in the Crowne Plaza hotel donated by the Crowne Plaza.
Up for auction, too, were two tickets to the Ulster GAA Football Final 2019 donated by Derry GAA; the opportunity for two guests to join Ryan Farquhar and Jeremy McWilliams at the Galgorm Castle Golf Club for a fourball followed by a delicious lunch courtesy of the Galgorm Resort & Spa; a chance for two guests to enjoy an afternoon of clay pigeon shooting with Ryan Farquhar and Jeremy McWilliams followed by a game of snooker in Ryan’s private bar at his home in Dungannon; a signed and framed Conor McGregor MMA glove; and an 8 yard skip donated by Sean McArdle from MT Waste.
All in aid of RiverRidge’s nominated charity of the year, the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, the total raised broke last year’s record amount at £6,970.
RiverRidge’s CEO Brett Ross commented: “Thank you to the team at Sustainable Ireland, without their support the charity raffle would not have been possible. I would also like to extend my gratitude to everyone who made a contribution to the evening; the support, advice and specialist care offered by NI Children’s Hospice is incredible, so thank you to each of you for helping to benefit this wonderful charity and its outstanding work.”
The Hospice, which has facilities in Newtownabbey and Enniskillen, provides ‘End of Life’ care for children in a home from home environment. Regular specialist support for families can also be provided ‘At Home’, with specialist palliative children’s nurses on hand to help care for children with life limiting and terminal conditions, respite breaks, care for the whole family and social and emotional support for children and young people with life limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families.
So, who won what and why? Over the coming pages, we report in words and pictures…