Variety, the Children’s Charity have today launched the ‘Variety’s Star of the Year Awards,’ the annual awards which celebrate the courage, creativity, and commitment of children and young people in Jersey.
Aimed at young people in the Island aged between six and sixteen, the 2014 event marks some changes, not only in the title but also in the format of the awards. This year the categories will celebrate ‘Stars’ who shine in the areas of; Courage, Community and Carer, with three new categories added to reward those who show outstanding achievement in the fields of Sports, Arts, including Music and Dance, or Academia.
Islanders are invited to nominate those young people that they think should be recognised and rewarded, perhaps they have displayed remarkable courage by overcoming or dealing with a debilitating illness; or given up their time to help others in the community, or somebody who has gone that extra mile at home to help care for a family member. This year Variety is also looking for youngsters who have particularly excelled in an academic or creative forum. Nomination forms are available online at www.varietystar.org.je and also in hard copy format from all
Co-operative food stores, through Island schools, Youth Clubs and Parish Halls.
Prizes on offer for the winning youngsters include a fabulous top prize of an incredible £5,000 worth of travel vouchers from The Co-operative Travelmaker, along with £500 worth of vouchers for each of the six category winners.
Following a shortlisting process the awards ceremony will take place at wonderful themed lunch at The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel on Thursday 12th of October.
Commenting on this, the fifth annual event Sandra Auckland, the Chief Barker for Variety said, “We are delighted that The Channel Islands Co-operative Society have once again agreed to be main sponsors of this event and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support.”
Closing date for the nominations is Friday 8th of August and all the youngsters shortlisted will be invited, along with their friends and families to the Gala Celebration in October. The highlight of the event is undoubtedly the awards presentation, but all attendees will enjoy a memorable afternoon’s entertainment filled with fun and laughter and a two course themed lunch.
Speaking about the launch of the 2014 ‘Variety’s Star of the Year Awards,’ Mrs Auckland said, “Following on from the success of our previous events which have grown year on year, we are once again searching for some of the many special children across the Island. We want to hear their stories so that they can be deservedly recognised for their efforts.”