18 May 2012
Inspire Awards 2012 open for nominations
The Inspire awards – an annual celebration of the unsung heroes of Christian work in communities - is now open for nominations.
Individuals and projects can both be nominated for the competition, which culminates with an awards ceremony for the short-listed candidates in the Palace of Westminster in November 2012.
This year's categories are:
an individual Christian in the UK who is an inspiring role model
a UK-based Christian-run project serving its local area
individuals or projects working with children or young people in the UK that are making a real impact in a local area
Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "These awards are about celebrating the work of Christians quietly going about their work but having a significant impact in their community. Christians contribute massively to the social good of our country but are often unsung, unreported and unheard of. Let these awards give someone or some project their moment in the limelight so they can be an inspiration for others."
Pastor Peter Cunningham, CEO of Green Pastures Housing and a winner at last year's awards, said: "At Green Pastures we have a passion to eradicate homelessness and winning the award gave everybody involved the feel-good factor and a sense of belonging to an incredible team across the UK. It was fantastic for the team but it also highlighted the amazing work that our partners do. It also means something to those who have been housed - it helps them on their journey, and gives them a little bit more self esteem. Thank you Inspire Awards."
Russ Bravo, editor of Inspire magazine, said: “When we launched the Inspire Awards in 2008, we wanted to show how life is being made better all over the UK because of the faith of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things. We’re delighted to work with our friends at the Evangelical Alliance and Tearfund this year to tell more inspiring stories of Christians making a difference where they live.”
For more information:
HOW TO ENTER
Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nomination deadline is 31 July 2012. They can be submitted by anyone. The competition is for the unsung heroes, rather than nationally recognised ministries.
The awards are sponsored by the Evangelical Alliance, Inspire magazine and Tearfund.
Tel: 07766 444 650
Notes to Editors
The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org.