2010 Citizen of Southend Award Launched

2010 Citizen of Southend Award Launched

It’s time to recognise those unsung heroes who perform selfless acts of kindness or make an outstanding contribution to the community, as nominations open for the fourth annual Citizen of Southend Awards (1 February).

The awards cover two categories – Adult and Youth (under 19) – with nominations coming from members of the public. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished Southend dignitaries; including former Southend East and Rochford MP Sir Teddy Taylor, Adventure Island Executive Chairman Philip Miller and Councillor Ian Robertson.

Last year’s Adult winner was 68-year old Rita Hasler from Kingswood Chase, Leigh-on-Sea who has worked as a volunteer for Southend Hospital (WRVS) and the PDSA shop for twenty-three years. She says “It was a great honour to be recognised in such a way. You do these things because you enjoy doing them. I never thought for a minute that I was doing it for an award but it was lovely to be given the award and such a surprise”.

Rita urges people to nominate deserving individuals, saying “Go ahead and do it! As someone said to me, it brings to peoples’ attention that important jobs are being and need to be done. If you know someone who is doing excellent work, nominate them for it.”

The 2009 Youth winner was 15-year old Joe Stone, a pupil at Shoeburyness High School. On top of his school work, Joe also is a member of St John Ambulance and takes an active part in work of the Neighbourhood Action Panel. He says, “Winning the Citizen of Southend Award has been fantastic for me. There’s loads of bad press about young people – hoodies and the like – but this scheme perfectly demonstrates that we are not all like that. I’ve also found my win has been great for raising awareness of projects that really need people’s help – it’s actually encouraged new people to get involved and make a difference. I would definitely recommend taking the time to make a nomination because it really can make a world of difference.”

Nominee’s achievements can be based on several criteria; including demonstrating courage and bravery, setting up or leading projects that benefit the community or helping/caring for the disadvantaged.

Nominating is easy – simply visit www.citizenofsouthend.co.uk or pick up a form at any Southend Library.

The closing date for nominations is 30 June 2010.

In addition to the prestigious title, the winner of the Gold Adult award will receive a personalised trophy and £500. Similarly, the Youth section’s Gold winner will receive a commemorative prize and cheque for £100.

The awards will be presented by the Mayor of Southend during a special ceremony at his official residence, Porters, on 28 September 2010.

Citizen of Southend 2010 is sponsored by Southend Radio 105.1 and Adventure Island.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS & IMAGES

Please contact Tracy Jones at Brera – 01702 390348 / 07887 514984 / tracy@brera-london.com / www.brera-london.com

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