Oxfam Ireland wins big at charity shop awards

Oxfam Ireland wins big at charity shop awards

Oxfam Ireland took home the big prize of the night at the 2020 Irish Charity Shop Association Awards. Reserved for shop managers who show exceptional leadership and commitment to their charity, shop, donors, customers, staff and volunteers, the Shop Manager of the Year Award was presented to Bridget Walsh from Oxfam Navan.

District Retail Manager Mark Sweeney said: "Bridget is one of the best examples of what a charity shop manager is - she works for the charity and for her volunteers. In the two years I have worked with Bridget, I have learned that Bridget is not just a shop manager to her volunteers - she is family, she is a friend, she is a support. The volunteers in our Navan shop are not just there because it's Oxfam, or indeed because it's a charity, they're there because of Bridget."

This accomplishment was even sweeter for Bridget as she celebrates her 20th year of working at Oxfam Ireland! Congratulations, Bridget!

charity shop manager of the year award winner and friends
Left to Right: Volunteer Ann Bird, Bridget, DRM and ICSA Chair Mark Sweeney and Volunteer Elizabeth Ward.

But Bridget wasn't the only one celebrating at the event!

Eli Garcia-Badia, Shop Manager at Oxfam Dundrum, was named runner-up in the Shop Manager of the Year Award's category. Congratulations, Eli!

charity shop manager of the year runner up
Left to Right: DRM and ICSA Chair Mark Sweeney, Dundrum Manager Eli Garcia-Badia and DRM Stephanie Coady.

And Oxfam Books on Dublin's Parliament St. was pipped at the post for Shop Team of the Year. Congratulations team!

charity shop team of the year award
Oxfam Parliament St. Team with DRM and ICSA Chair Mark Sweeney.

We know our volunteers are absolutely amazing, but it's wonderful to see them get the recognition they deserve.

Please help us also congratulate Ali Mubashair from our Oxfam Cork shop and Jacinta Maxwell from Oxfam Dun Laoghaire for being named runners-up in the Volunteer of the Year category! Massive congratulations!

volunteer of the year runner up
Left to Right: Martin Kenny's widow Patricia Kenny, Stephanie Coady (accepting for Jacinta Maxwell) and last year's winner Mary Bolger.
volunteer of the year runner up
Left to Right: Martin Kenny's widow Patricia Kenny, Volunteer Ali Mubashair and last year's winner Mary Bolger.

And that's a wrap! Every cent spent in any one of our shops helps to support our vital work around the world. Thank you so much to our winner and finalists for their spectacular dedication and great work!

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