RI Volunteer of the Month – May 2018

In celebration of National Volunteering week (which ran from 14th – 20th May 2018), we wanted to tell the story of a volunteer that stands out in their rowing club and asked you for your nominations. We received some truly remarkable stories of inspirational volunteers around the country, to the extent that we have decided to continue to accept regular club nominations for the monthly award of “Rowing Ireland Volunteer of the Month”.

The nomination below (sent into us by Heidi Giles on behalf of Tralee RC) in particular stood out to us, so congratulations to Celine and Paul Cusack, our Volunteers of the Month for the month of May 2018!

Celine and Paul Cusack’s commitment to Tralee Rowing Club commenced when their children began rowing. Cillian and Ciara have moved on, but our club is incredibly lucky that this dynamic duo have chosen to continue giving generously of their time, enthusiasm, experience and considerable skills. Celine has been the treasurer and Paul our boatswain for over half of our clubs existence. Their kitchen table has been our committee meeting venue monthly for 4 years (that is a lot of pots of tea!). Paul often tows the trailer to events, his endless patience with the ongoing maintenance of our aging fleet and the incidents of operator failure are humbling.

Our building was made into a boathouse by Paul’s research, time and skills. Celine has processed the considerable financial requirements of boathouse construction and pontoon installation and she leads our very active fundraising committee and despite this is always ready to help another committee member if they are under pressure. Perhaps what is most impressive about this pair is that their passion and good humour does not wane, even in trying circumstances. Paul and Celine work hard to keep Tralee Rowing Club growing and Rowing and without them our achievements would not have been possible.

Well done to this “dynamic duo”, keep up the excellent work!

Remember to get your nominations in for the month of June. Please send to sarah.dineen@rowingireland.ie





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