National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Claire Meaney of Waterford Healing Arts Trust receives the Arts and Culture award from Colin O’Donoghue and speaks to MC Karen Koster.

The inaugural National Lottery Good Causes Awards took place on Saturday 3rd November in The Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin. It was the culmination of 8 month’s work for the WhiteLight Consulting and boy what an impact it had!

As both Project and Event Managers we were responsible for the implementation of the entire project. We developed and created the campaign and competition. The goal was to acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful work that organisations all over the country who receive Good Causes funding do in their communities. We designed the awards process, managed the competition, oversaw the judging process at county level and the 8 regional competitions. We also managed the judging process with the 36 national finalists. We created the awards ceremony event, hosted by Karen Koster, which will be broadcast on Virgin Media 1 on Sunday 11th November at 9.30pm. It was a long day with the set build commencing at 5.00am and finished with a star-studded evening that wrapped with dancing into the wee small hours of the morning. Awards were presented by special guests Rob Heffernan, Roz Purcell, Maria Walsh, Sile Seoige and Alan Hughes. Special VT appearances were made by Eoghan McDermott and Philly McMahon while actor Colin O’Donoghue flew in from the USA to present the Arts & Culture award.

We were delighted for the overall winners The Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick who really deserved their accolade but in truth any one of the 36 fantastic organisations would have been worthy winners. We were blown away by the amazing work done by all of these unsung heroes and the impact that their good work has on their communities.

We got to work with some fine people including Miriam Donohoe and the National Lottery team, Anthony Nilan and the Virgin Media TV team, the guys at Avcom and the Clayton Hotel were sensational, Calnan & Anhoj created stunning trophies and there were many, many more who made this event so very special.

It was our most interesting and challenging campaign to date but we had a ball working on it and we were really grateful to have had the opportunity to work on this amazing project!


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