True Blue nun to be honoured for helping Waterford community to GROW
A Waterford nun who is passionate about helping her local community is to be honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony.
Sister Gertrude Howley has been shortlisted for her dedication to the community mental health group GROW.
Sr Gertrude Howley, who has been of the Presentations Sisters for 30 years, felt the need to do more after coming in contact with people suffering in the community.
Deciding to become a counsellor, she set up a GROW group in Dungarvan, where she continues to provide no-cost/low-cost counselling to members of the local community.
Sr Howley is the Regional Chairperson, serving on the National Board, Program Team and was instrumental in securing the organisations Kilkenny premises.
An excellent fundraiser for GROW, she has run hundreds of community outreach and fundraising projects.
Her very first fundraiser was a cycle from Dungarvan to Tipperary town, which she called ‘Its a long way to Tipperary’ which she participated herself (albeit on a motor scooter!) and personally raised over £2,000 Irish punts.
Waterford Volunteering Information Service Coordinator Catherine Power paid tribute to Sr Howey, saying: “These awards are a chance not just to say thank you to these extraordinary people but also to share their stories and shine a light on the extraordinary work that goes on in communities like those in Waterford every day.”
The Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, Sean Canney, added: “I am delighted that, through my Department, the Government actively encourages and supports the valuable contribution volunteers make to our society.
“Without their selfless contribution of time and energy, much of what we take for granted in terms of our society would not happen. Volunteers make a significant impact across many areas of society, including raising awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Without active volunteers, communities cannot flourish.”