Ulster GAA

The first award is a for large community based sporting organisation who have been running a high profile “Live to Play” campaign since 2010.  The programme is delivered in partnership with their County Boards, with a particular focus on educating young people about Road Safety.

The campaign has enabled Ulster GAA to promote the message in Schools and Clubs and at major Ulster Championship Football and Hurling fixtures.   They have also developed highly innovative Primary School road safety projects such as an online learning tool and video competition, where schools submit a creative short-film of what children have learned in relation to road safety and this is used in the local club.

North Down and Ards Road Safety Committee

The next award goes to a road safety committee made up of highly motivated individuals who come together as a team with their mission to promote safety in their local area.

One particular focus is speed and the group proactively uses cleaver technology in the form of a Speed Indication Device or SID for short at locations which are subject to speeding complaints highlighted by local residents.

The Committee has also been responsible for fixing hundreds of road safety issue like pot holes, trimming back hedges, getting white lines repainted and damaged signs fixed or replaced.  They are on the ground and make things happen and are a perfect example of what volunteers can achieve.

Charlie Stewart

The next award goes to a volunteer who has a lifelong interest in cars, motorbikes and driving.  After retiring from a distinguished 30 year police career, he knew he could not let his knowledge, expertise and passion for driving and riding wane.

He went on to establish his own motorcycle training school and began training bikers to his very high standard.  Not content to rest on his laurels, his undoubted expertise was instrumental in the development of the new CBT and multi-module motorcycle test in Northern Ireland. It is no exaggeration to say road safety runs through his veins and defines him as the outstanding ambassador for road safety that he is.

Havern, Hughes and Sloan fundraising group

The final award in this category, goes to a special group of volunteers who responded to the tragic loss of three friends in a road traffic collision in August 2015, by coming together to raise vital funds for a brain injury charity.

The three young students died on the A1 when returning to the Newry area after arranging their accommodation in Belfast for their second year in Queens University.

In December 2015, their University friends along with the families and greatly supported by their local communities, decided to organise a memorial fundraiser. Over the last 10 months this group of people have now raised over £40,000 for Head Injury Support which provides assistance to people with brain injuries, many which have acquired these through road traffic accidents.

 

 

 

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