Inspirational young Borderers 'credit to their communities'
Inspirational young people from across the Borders were honoured at the fourth annual Scottish Borders Inspire Awards in Galashiels on Thursday 24th March.
The event is run by the Inspire Awards Group in partnership with Saltire Awards which is supported and partly funded by Volunteer Centre Borders & Scottish Borders Council.
The Awards recognise young Borderers aged 12-25 for their exceptional achievements and successes as individuals and groups in the following categories: Volunteering, Community, Music and the Arts, Sport and Global Citizen. There is also an overall 'Inspirational' Award for an individual and a group who are particularly outstanding.
The 2016 Inspire Award winners were:
Volunteering Individual – Molly Lester, 18, Chirnside
Volunteering Group – Eyemouth & Earlston High Schools Peru Trip 2015
Community Individual – Aileen Roebuck, 19, Selkirk
Community Group – Community Youth Voice (Langlee)
Sports Individual – Caitland Stanton, 17, Jedburgh
Sports Group – Morebattle Primary School Equestrian Team
Music and Arts Individual – Hannah Frood, 19, Hawick
Music and Arts Group – Hawick High School Graffiti Project
Global Citizen Group – Journey to Change Committee (Selkirk High School)
Inspirational Individual – Emily Frood, 17, Hawick
Inspirational Group – Connect Zone, Galashiels Academy
The annual Awards evening is also the occasion for the presentation of Saltire Awards for volunteering, and this ceremony celebrated over 750 Saltire certificates being awarded to 350 young volunteers this year, amounting to a total of more than 21,000 hours of volunteering in areas such as peer mentoring and sports leadership.
Gordon Brown, Volunteer Centre Borders Executive Officer said: "Many of the young people who received Saltire certificates have been volunteering for years, sometimes in difficult and demanding circumstances, showing a dedication and generosity of spirit which, according to one of the Award judges, made them 'a credit to their Borders communities. It has been a privilege to work with the young team who have arranged this awards event. Their contribution has been significant and has allowed us to celebrate all that is good about young people across the Borders. It has been an uplifting experience for everyone."
Cheryl Ladds, who nominated Aileen Roebuck for the Individual Community Award said: "I would just like to say a huge congratulations and thank you for putting together such a fantastic night, the whole evening was so much fun and the young people of the Borders are a credit to themselves and to our region. I was so proud to have nominated a winner which of course made the evening even better; she was so excited to have won an award. It was amazing to see the level of commitment and achievement from so many young people they are a real inspiration to us all."
Councillor Iain Gillespie, Children's Champion at Scottish Borders Council added: "Many congratulations to everyone who received an award at this year's event. They truly are an inspiration and should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. Each individual awards represents not only a significant personal achievement but is also testament to the dedication and commitment of young people from across the Borders who so generously give their time and skills to help others in their local community."
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