Local caregivers are honoured at Colin Leap of Faith awards

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Parents and Care-givers from the Colin area were recently honoured at a gala style awards ceremony in Dunmurry’s Balmoral Hotel hosted by UTV’s Frank Mitchell.

The Leap of Faith Awards, now in their third year, recognise and celebrate good parenting and parenting support services in the Colin community.

Individuals were nominated by members of the community who put their names forward to win one of six awards.

Nomination categories included the Parenting Award, to recognise those parents that go that extra mile for their children; the Main Man Award, which recognises male caregivers who have made a significant impact on an individual’s or family’s life; the Main Woman Award, which recognises those female caregivers who have made a significant impact on an individual’s or family’s life; the Foster Carer Award; and the Parenting Support Award.

Awards organisers, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, received many nominations by members of the community keen to nominate individuals who made a great impact in the world of parenting and care-giving.

Winners of the awards and their categories are: Catherine Brunty – Main Woman Award; Gary Cusack – Main Man Award; Parenting Award (Primary) – Marc Byrne; Parenting Award (Post Primary) – Amanda McCourt; Parenting Support – Shauna Doyle; Foster Carer – Cathy and Darren McNally.

Gina Biggerstaff, organiser of this year’s Leap of Faith Awards and worker at Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, said of the awards: “We organise the Leap of Faith Awards each year in order to recognise and celebrate good parenting and care-giving. The people we read about in each and every nomination form was truly inspirational and heartfelt. Great work takes place every day in this community and we hope these awards serve as a way to highlight that.”