06/29/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/29/2020 02:27
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon, has presented 5 worthy Dubliners with a personalised piece of Dublin Crystal to celebrate their new status as 'Covid Heroes'.
Earlier this month people across the city were asked to nominate someone in their community who they felt had gone above and beyond during the Covid pandemic.
More than 215 different people and groups were nominated.
The Lord Mayor personally examined all the nominations and selected a Top 5.
'It was inspiring to read about all the people across our city who have done so much great work in their community during this lockdown,' said the Lord Mayor. 'I had a difficult task to pick just 5. Really they're all Covid Heroes. But I just felt this particular group of people deserved special acknowledgement.'
Glenda Harrington does a soup run for the homeless, the Reverend Rob Jones and his team of volunteers were very proactive in Rathmines, Theresa Kelly does great work in Raheny, Moira Kennedy helped organise a fundraiser, and Michael Larkin ran balcony bingo in Ringsend.
Notes to the Editor:
Glenda runs a soup run for the homeless community in Dublin called 'Friends helping Friends'. During Covid-19 she was out on the streets 3 nights a week helping those who are homeless in Dublin.
Rev. Rob Jones:
Reverend Jones and his team were very proactive in the Rathmines area throughout Covid-19. They helped vulnerable citizens, and Rev.Jones did a lot of work with Harold's Cross Hospice, spending precious time with people who were dying and were not allowed family present.
Theresa worked in the community both during Covid-19 and before. She helps those in need and set up a sensory garden for children with autism. She has organised food deliveries for vulnerable people in Raheny and surrounding areas.
Moira Kennedy works in the HSE. Herself and her young daughter organised a Bake Sale and Raffle raising €5,655 to support the Ranelagh Covid-19 Response Team. The money enabled the volunteers to focus on the day to day running of the meals initiative and other supports.
Michael ran balcony bingo in Cannon Mooney Gardens in Ringsend to help keep the community's spirits up. It was the first of the balcony bingos and started a trend! He also looked after the older generation of people in the Ringsend/Irishtown area.