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Ballaghaderreen’s Jo Scutt has been recognised as Vision Ireland Shop Volunteer of the Year.

Jo was awarded for her decade-long dedication and fundraising creativity, including marathon running and local charity events, significantly benefitting Vision Ireland.

Vision Ireland, the new name for NCBI, is thrilled to announce the resounding success of its 2nd Annual Oireachtas Celebration of Achievement, held on Thursday last.

Hosted in the Dáil member’s dining room by Senator Martin Conway, the evening began with a meet and greet involving the award recipients and An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. The awards celebrated individuals and partners who have significantly contributed to Vision Ireland’s mission, impacting various aspects of everyday life.

Others honoured on the evening included: Jason Smyth MBE QFA and Karen Byrne, for their remarkable efforts in changing public perceptions through their achievements on ‘Dancing With The Stars’. The duo was lauded for their inspiring performances, highlighting the potential within everyone, regardless of vision impairment.

Evie Smurfit Baxter, named Youth Advocate of the Year, for her resilience and advocacy in the face of Stargardt’s disease. Her work, including an animation featured in cinemas, demonstrates the unlimited possibilities for those facing visual challenges.

Peter Ryan, honoured as Fundraiser of the Year, for his extraordinary effort running from Malin Head to Mizen Head, raising over €120,000. His journey from visual impairment to finding a new purpose through sport embodies the spirit of determination.

Campion Insurance, celebrated for its partnership with Vision Ireland, supporting the innovative Vision Van project, showcasing the power of collaboration in making a tangible difference in the community.

The event also extended heartfelt gratitude to Dr Terry Cross OBE for his generous auction prize donations, which played a crucial role in raising significant funds during the evening. Also in attendance on the evening was last year’s award winner Denise Harris. Both Dr Cross, Ms Harris and all who attended ongoing support exemplifies the community’s commitment to Vision Ireland’s cause.

The Vision Ireland Foundation extends its sincerest thanks to all guests, honourees, and supporters for their part in making the event memorable. The foundation looks forward to continuing its mission and celebrating more achievements in the years to come.

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