My Nomination for the Spirited Volunteer award at 2023 Roscommon Volunteer Awards

Unfortunately, I didn’t win the Spirited Volunteer award that I was nominated for at the 2023 Roscommon Volunteer Awards.

I was delighted to receive a certificate of appreciation in recognition of my nomination. Well done to Geraldine, who was the winner of the award. I congratulated her on her award.

It is an honour to be nominated, but if it wasn’t for the people in my life who have helped, supported and encouraged and guided me contributed to my nomination, these people I dedicate the certificate to:

2023 Roscommon Volunteer Awards

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following

– My mother, Lord have mercy on her, she passed away in 2009 as well as my dad and my brother. They were the type that would always help anyone if they could. That is the legacy Mom left us. They have always encouraged me, supported me and advised me in anything I wanted to do. Dad and my brother continue to support me in anything I do. And always there to talk to.

– Relatives and friends who have always been there. For me, I am very lucky to have great relatives and friends.

– Fellow volunteers and management at Rosfm Community Radio and Seamus Duke for nominating me. They have helped me and advised me. To better at presenting Friday Sport and GAA View. Thanks to my wingman and co-presenter on Friday sport. He started off doing work experience on Friday sport and stayed on after his work experience finished. And all the contributors to the show. Rosfm Community Radio was also nominated for an award in another category.

2023 Roscommon Volunteer Awards– Everyone at Roscommon Civil Defence, who have trained me in Manual Handling, First Aid, Search and Rescue and other skills. I love volunteering with them.

– Players and coaches I worked with over the years as physio including players and coaches with the Ireland 6 aside football squad, the Ireland Diabetic Futsal Squad and futsal squad as well as Sparta Belfast Futsal Squad they qualified for the UEFA Futsal Champions League Preliminary Round in Estonia, the Roscommon and District League County Soccer squad and my current club Ballinagare Fc Manor Utd FC 1st team and reserves all as physio.

I want to thank Roscommon Volunteer Centre, Roscommon County Council and Roscommon Herald for organising the award night.

Well done to the Award winners on the night as well as fellow nominees.

My Community, growing up and up to now have given me alot more than I have given it growing up and now. So since 2013 I started my volunteering journey and I love giving back to the people in the community who gave given me so much. I also want to include fellow volunteers who have passed away, but we’re vital volunteers.

Thank you all very much. Aidan Raftery

PS: Below, listen to the Podcast about the awards.


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