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TOYP 2016 Launch

Author: eabha

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cork, in association with AIB Bank, is hosting ‘The Outstanding Young People’ of the year awards 2016 at the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Co. Cork on Thursday 7th April 2016. The awards aim to highlight and recognise young people in Cork who excel in their chosen field and make a lasting positive impact on their communities. After the local awards, the Cork winners may go on to be recognised nationally and possibly internationally for their achievements.


Every year, Junior Chamber International selects ten outstanding young people under 40 to be recognised for living the JCI Mission in extraordinary ways. Last year, JCI Cork nominee Joanne O’ Riordan brought the world award back home after being recognised at an awards ceremony held at the JCI World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan. The UCC student is one of seven people in the world living with a rare medical disability known as Total Amelia, meaning born without limbs. She was shortlisted for the award by public vote and received almost half of the 26,000 online votes cast. A panel of judges selected her as the overall winner for her contribution to children, world peace and human rights.


AIB Bank are proud to sponsor the awards for the second year running. John O’Doherty, Regional Director at AIB Bank, said “AIB are delighted to sponsor the JCI “The Outstanding Young People” awards for the second year in a row.  JCI are a vibrant young group of professionals and entrepreneurs in their 20’s and 30’s who gladly volunteer their time to make a positive impact in terms of resolving community issues by creating sustainable connections and partnerships with local businesses and community groups.  Last year, AIB 66 South Mall Cork, hosted the TOYP awards where Joanne O’Riordan from “No Limbs, No Limits” was the overall Cork Winner. Joanne went on to become the Irish National Winner and World Winner in Japan, which was a tremendous result for Cork.  AIB is delighted to be associated with these awards given the huge personal commitment & inspiration that these young people give to our local communities. I wish all of the 2016 TOYP participants the very best of luck.”


JCI Cork feels that highlighting the accomplishments of these young people will inspire others to be better and realise their full potential as active citizens.


"The organisation has opened so many doors for me, on both a professional and personal level. It is heartwarming to be involved with a group of young people who take charge of change and make the Cork ..."

Mary-Kate Portley, JCI Cork President, 2015

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