The search begins for Kilkenny’s unsung heroes

Calor, Ireland’s leading supplier of rural energy solutions has launched the inaugural Calor Community Champion 2012.

Calor, Ireland’s leading supplier of rural energy solutions has launched the inaugural Calor Community Champion 2012.

The search is now on to find the local champions across Kilkenny who work tirelessly each and every day to improve the lives of the people around them. At Calor they believe it is time that these people were recognised and celebrated, and we’ve set aside a prize fund of €10,000 to do this!

The search for local unsung heroes will be led by TV and radio personality, Hector Ó hEochagáin. This summer Hector and the team at Calor are looking for your help to choose the Calor Community Champion 2012.

To enter and nominate your local Kilkenny hero could not be easier; all you need to do is ‘like’ the Calor Facebook page, once you become a ‘fan’ you can enter the Community Champion app. Then just provide them with the name of your nominee, contacts details and in 250 words why you think they deserve to win!

Speaking at the launch, Hector Ó hEochagáin, TV personality and head of the Judging Panel said, “This is a great initiative by Calor and one which I am fully behind.

At last a platform to recognise real life community heroes, both young and old. You all know who they are, so give them the recognition they truly deserve. I am looking for nominations to come from every corner of Kilkenny, so get nominating today!”

Jennifer Fagan, Marketing Executive, Calor Gas said, “At Calor with our close connections and work in our local communities, we understand the work carried out every day by unsung heroes in towns and villages across the island of Ireland.

The Calor Community Champion is one way you can recognise those who have made exceptional contributions to your local community. Calor want as many nominations as possible from Kilkenny so that the people who have helped to make their community a better place can get the recognition they truly deserve.”

The winner and inaugural Calor Community Champion 2012 will receive €1,500 and a bursary of €7,500 to give to their nominated charity or local organisation.

Calor will even throw in €500 for the person or organisation that nominated them. Nominations to crown this year’s champion will close on July 6th. Calor will select the top 32 local champions, one from each county and put them to the public vote from July 16th through our Facebook app.

The public will have four weeks to vote for their favourite and the top four local champions and two wildcards will make it through to the final phase.

The winner will be chosen by a Judging Panel led by TV and radio personality, Hector Ó hEochagáin, and including legendary GAA and sports broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Jennifer Fagan from Calor. The Calor Community Champion 2012 will be announced on September 4.

For information and to nominate your local champion, please visit and ‘like’ at www.facebook.com/calorireland.