To coincide with UN International Day of Older Persons on the 1st of October, legendary broadcaster and grandfather of 12, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, launched the Grandparent of the Year Award. Specsavers in association with Third Age is calling for nominations as they search the country for Ireland’s most exceptional grandparent. The aim of the Award is to celebrate and recognise the extraordinary contribution that grandparents make to the lives of grandchildren and the community.
Speaking at the launch, Specsavers Chairperson Sinead Clohessy said, ‘We are excited to launch the Grandparent of the Year Award, which recognises the many benefits of an ageing population and the special role that grandparents play in Irish families. It is a fantastic opportunity for younger generations to recognise the many ways that grandparents and older people enrich our lives and I would encourage grandchildren throughout Ireland to nominate today to give their grandparent the recognition they deserve.’
She continued, ‘Many people who come to us with concerns about their hearing have withdrawn from social situations leaving them feeling isolated and depressed, so it is fitting to collaborate with a charity that works tirelessly to alleviate loneliness and combat social isolation.’
Grandchildren of all ages can nominate their grandparents by filling out an entry form in Specsavers’ 50 stores nationwide or online at www.specsavers.ie/hearing/grandparent. Four regional finalists from Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster will receive a €215 Specsavers voucher, a bottle of champagne and a finalists’ certificate. The overall winner will receive a weekend away in Ireland, a Grandparent of the Year trophy and a €750 voucher for Specsavers while the grandchild who nominated them will win an iPad Air.
Áine Brady, CEO of Third Age said, ‘Grandparents play a significant role not only in the family but also in the community so we are delighted to work with Specsavers on an initiative that recognises the extraordinary contribution they make to society. This award is important in that it acknowledges the unspoken value of Grandparents and how much they mean to us all. Please show your appreciation by nominating today!’
The closing date for entries is Monday, 31 October and the four regional finalists will be chosen by a judging panel in November before Ireland’s Grandparent of the Year is announced on Monday, 21 November.
Third Age in association with Specsavers is hosting an intergenerational event on Saturday, 01 October in Albert College Park at Dublin City University (DCU), the world’s first Age Friendly University. People of all ages are invited to the family fun day which aims to promote greater understanding and respect between generations. Throughout the month of October, numerous Specsavers stores across the country will be hosting family fun days for grandparents and their grandchildren to celebrate their special relationship and encourage them to spend some precious time together. For participating stores check out your local Specsavers store webpage.
Specsavers has on-site hearing tests across the country managed by qualified audiologists and highly trained staff. Each centre is dedicated to giving the highest standard of care to each customer and boasts the latest equipment. Anyone concerned about their hearing can avail of a comprehensive hearing assessment with a qualified hearing professional at their local store free of charge.
Third Age is a national voluntary organisation committed to responding positively to the challenges and opportunities of ageing in Ireland and supporting the contribution of older people to their communities. All programmes, both national and regional, share an underlying philosophy of social inclusion and connectivity through communication and conversation. Third Age has over 1,400 older volunteers working in three national programmes, supporting isolated older people, migrants and older people in nursing homes and in the community that are in need of care.