Each year, within Camogie, thousands of people give freely of their time to coach, to referee, to umpire, to take up administrative positions and to do many other, often unseen, tasks within their clubs and county and at provincial and national level.
Today, Friday 1st October is Ireland’s 4th National Volunteering Day. On this occasion, I want to acknowledge and thank all our volunteers for their active involvement in promoting and developing Camogie and for making a difference to your community.
The work our volunteers undertake involves a huge amount of effort and a significant personal and family commitment and time. This is very important to Camogie and something that I value very highly and greatly appreciate. This interest and loyalty of Camogie volunteers means that thousands of people get the opportunity to enjoy the game while also making the communities we live in more vibrant, more fun and better connected.
To recognise and reward Camogie volunteers, I am delighted to inform you that in 2010/11 the Camogie Association is introducing an annual Volunteer of the Year Award within each county.
You might also be interested to know that 2011 is the EU Year of Volunteering and this provides another opportunity to acknowledge and promote volunteering. Two useful websites with ideas on volunteering are Volunteers Centres Ireland www.volunteer.ie . and Volunteering Ireland www.volunteeringireland.com
Once again, congratulations and sincere thanks on the work you do. This plays a vital role in keeping Camogie a growing and thriving sport for all.
Le gach dea ghuÝ
Siobhan NÝ Fhloinn