OVER 30 inspirational individuals from across Northern Ireland will be recognised at a prestigious ceremony at Titanic Hotel on November 21.
The local heroes have been selected in the SuperValu SuperStars initiative, now in its second year, which set out to find those who had gone beyond the call of duty to help people and communities in need.
The campaign launched in June and received hundreds of inspiring nominations.
Building on the success of last year’s event, SuperValu introduced new categories to help capture the good work done across a whole spectrum of Northern Ireland society.
This year’s nominees have been shortlisted within the categories of Young SuperStar, Fundraising SuperStar, Unsung SuperStar, Community Group SuperStar, Social Enterprise SuperStar and SuperValu Action Cancer SuperStar.
Among the finalists are Belfast heroes Kelly Molloy, shortlisted for Social Enterprise SuperStar and Gary McClean, shortlisted for Unsung SuperStar.
Kelly Molloy has been shortlisted as a Social Enterprise SuperStar, for Wee Chicks CIC, a social enterprise established in October 2015 to provide free childcare to women from disadvantaged areas.
Kelly’s hard work has broken down a huge barrier to employment and training, allowing women to leave their child in a professional childcare setting, in the same building where they undertake their training, removing accessibility issues and barriers for women accessing training and support.
Gary McClean, also from Belfast, was selected as an Unsung SuperStar finalist for his selfless work for the East Belfast Mission over the past six years.
Gary has overcome the adversity of a leg amputation to give back to his community; and from volunteering at events to offering his time to various community groups, he is always there to offer a helping hand and a generous heart to support anyone in need.
The glittering finalists’ ceremony will be hosted by TV personality Pamela Ballantine and the overall winner will walk away with £1,000 for themselves and a £1,000 donation to a registered charity of their choice.
All other finalists will receive SuperValu vouchers.
Stephen Bogle, SuperValu Brand Manager, said: “The SuperValu SuperStars campaign uncovers and recognises remarkable individuals from all parts of the community who have gone beyond the call of duty. As well as rewarding kids and adults who have done something remarkable, the introduction of additional categories this year means we will be able to reward the work done by people in the social enterprise sector, in community groups and even among SuperValu colleagues who work tirelessly all year to raise funds for Action Cancer.
“There were so many fantastic and unique entries this year and the judging process is never an easy task, but we have an extremely strong group of finalists and the winner will be a very deserving one.”
Judge and host of SuperValu SuperStars, Pamela Ballantine, said: “I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing initiative which rewards those who are doing good things in communities right across Northern Ireland.
“There is a lot of incredible work being done by individuals, both kids and adults, that goes completely unrewarded and this campaign offers the chance for some of this work to be recognised. I can’t wait to meet all of our finalists on November 21 in the Titanic Hotel.”
SuperValu SuperStars’ media partners are The Sun and U105 and the initiative is sponsored by Denny, Action Cancer, Robinsons and Dove.