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Ulster Bank announces Donegal winner of the Ulster Bank Sir George Quigley Award 2011

5 December, 2011: Ulster Bank has named a community organisation from Donegal as one of two winners of the 2011 Ulster Bank Sir George Quigley Award. This annual award aims to support community groups and charities in their ambition to achieve long-term sustainability.

Inver Community Project, a local community action group in Inver, County Donegal, and Klawitter Theatre Group, an organisation from Bray, County Wicklow that stages theatrical performances for older people in residential care throughout Ireland, were named co-winners at a ceremony held at Ulster Bank in Dublin.

The Award of €10,000 will be shared by the two organisations enabling them to both complete the projects they put forward in their application. Klawitter plans to bring the group’s performances to Northern Ireland and Inver Community Project aims to create a community garden that they hope will lead to the development of a farmers market in Inver.

Sean Dorgan, Chairman, Ulster Bank said, “My hearty congratulations go out to both Klawitter Theatre Group and Inver Community Project. These two organisations have already contributed so much to local communities around Ireland and I’m sure, with this funding, they will make an even greater contribution.

“Ulster Bank is delighted to continue to recognise the contribution of its esteemed former Chairman, Sir George Quigley, to the wider community through an Award Fund in his name. The aim of the Award is to provide support across Ireland to projects that make a real difference in the communities in which they operate. I would like to wish Klawitter Theatre Group and Inver Community Project the very best of luck in their endeavours.’

Bernadine McCole, Administrator & Project Coordinator of the Inver Community Project said, “We are delighted that our dream of establishing an organic garden at our Centre is one step closer to being realised! Thanks to the funding received from the Sir George Quigley Award, three local interdenominational schools will work alongside a professional gardener and other community volunteers to build an organic garden that will eventually be used by the Centre to provide lunch for Senior Groups.

“As we are close to the Atlantic Ocean, we are able to use seaweed to increase the fertility of the soil. The project will begin in early March 2012 when the seaweed will be harvested and brought to the site. The students begin sifting, sowing, weeding in April and continue working over the summer months to provide crops that will be in September and October.”

Hedda Kaphengst, Artistic Director at Klawitter Theatre Group, said, “Klawitter is an arts organisation that operates within the care sector. We provide professional entertainment services to care providers for older people on a regular basis.”

“Growing up in Germany where my mother was an activity co-ordinator in a residential care home really impressed upon me the importance of entertainment for older people in care. I started in 2001 with one customer and the desire to use my talents as a performer to bring some happiness into older people's lives. Currently Klawitter operates in 50 care facilities in 8 counties across Leinster and Munster. Thanks to the Sir George Quigley Award I will be able to extend the group’s work even further across the island of Ireland.”

Since 2002, Ulster Bank has awarded the Sir George Quigley to a project from an organisation within the community and voluntary sector. The winning application demonstrates how the Award will enable the organisation to develop and implement a strategy for organisational sustainability.

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