Picture above: Representing Ireland Reaching Out at the Good Causes Awards Finals, Dolores Whyte, Michael Feerick, Jane Halloran Ryan and Laura Colleran.
2019 has been a fantastic year for Ireland Reaching Out. A record number of local communities are engaging with their global Diaspora through the IrelandXO.com website and this year, the National Lottery has recognised the important work that is being done by the Ireland Reaching Out volunteer network by selecting this non-profit Galway-based organisation to be one of the 36 finalists in the 2019 Good Causes Awards. Regional Winner for the West in the Heritage category, Ireland Reaching Out benefits from National Lottery funding through the Heritage Council.
At this year’s award ceremony on November 2nd, the Good Cause Award went to Liquid Therapy, a not for profit foundation that provides ocean, surf, and water therapy for young people with physical, emotional, behavioural or intellectual needs. Good Causes funding allowed it to provide surfboards and bodysuits for a growing number of members. Liquid Therapy was the Regional Winner for the North in the Sport category.