THE nomination deadline for this year’s Advancing Race Equality Awards has expired following weeks of excitement and activity.
The names of almost 40 individuals, schools and organisations will now go forward to an independent panel of judges. Their shortlisting decisions will be revealed next week, starting on Tuesday.
It has been an intense couple of months with people all over Northern Ireland putting forward friends, colleagues and institutions they feel deserve to be recognised for their exemplary work in tackling racism, breaking down barriers and making real change.
The winners of the 2023/24 Advancing Race Equality Awards will be revealed during a glittering ceremony in the Everglades Hotel, Derry, on March 7. Host for the evening will be social media star and comedian Black Paddy.
Tickets for the Advancing Race Equality Awards are on sale now at http://www.nwmf.org.uk/awards.
Media Officer with the North West Migrants Forum, Conor Sharkey, said the number of nominations had exceeded all expectations.
“We are over the moon with how many people came out to vote. The response is further proof of the high regard in which our Advancing Race Equality Awards are held.
“It is deeply heartening too to hear the human side of the amazing work being done in schools, the private sector, community halls and elsewhere to challenge racism and make the world a better place to live in.
“We look forward to March 7 when this year’s winners will be revealed.”