The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has hosted a celebratory reception for recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The event in Cloonavin, organised as part council’s Platinum Jubilee programme, was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, David McCorkell, and the Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry, Alison Millar.
The QAVS scheme was set up in 2002 to mark the outstanding contribution made by local volunteer groups.
Congratulating the local recipients, the Mayor Richard Holmes said: “These very special awards were first established as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, so I was very pleased to have this opportunity to recognise its ongoing legacy in our borough in this Platinum Jubilee year.
“Volunteers play an integral part in community life, and this reception was an opportunity to reflect on their hard work and commitment, which makes a positive difference to so many people.
“We had a wide range of different organisations in attendance, who are all proud recipients of the QAVS, and I want to thank them all once again for their enduring efforts to enhance our borough and the lives of others.”
Recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award in Causeway Coast and Glens were the Royal British Legion; Garvagh Clydesdale and Vintage Vehicle Club; North Antrim Agricultural Association; Bann Rowing Club; Ballymoney Evergreen Club; North West 200; Assistance Dogs NI; Vineyard Compassion; Burnfoot Community Association; Building Ballysally Together; Portrush Sea Cadets; Greenlight Gateway; and Riding for the Disabled.
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