Joint chairpersons of the music festival, Helium, Bernard Mulvihill and Michael Delaney, have been shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, which celebrate volunteering in Ireland.
Bernard and Michael, on behalf of the entire committee of hardworking volunteers, have been shortlisted alongside 29 others. The pair will go forward to attend a gala ceremony in Dublin’s City Hall on December 5, International Volunteer Day.
Festival Co-Chair Michael Delaney said: “Helium has really developed into a united team effort, from its smaller beginnings in 2009, and we’re delighted that all of everyone’s hard work is being recognised like this.”
Co-Chair Bernard Mulvihill added: “All of the funds, awareness and goodwill that have been generated for Ataxia Ireland through Helium are a direct result of the work done by everyone involved.”
Recently, representatives of Ataxia Ireland (formerly FASI – Friedreich’s Ataxia Society of Ireland) attended a cheque presentation at the home of Helium Skelly’s Bar & Restaurant in Ballymahon.
Helium 2012 saw a bill of over 35 artists perform in the Ballymahon venue. A community 5/10k fun run was also organised by the Ballymahon Traders Association and proceeds from the two events combined amounted to a total of €8,000.
In addition, a cheque for more than €600 was presented to Ataxia Ireland by members of the Bog Lane Theatre Group – proceeds from the first night of their resoundingly successful production of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The 39 Steps’.
Further to that, over 650 euro was raised on the night itself as a coveted framed Helium 2012 T-shirt – signed by every single act from this year’s line-up – was raffled and then generously offered for auction by the winner. This figure also includes donations from funds raised by Saffron Rough Health Beauty Fitness through a special charity facial promotion offered this summer.