Ros FM volunteers and members were celebrating on Friday, October 18th when the local community radio station was honoured at two awards ceremonies on the same night.
The station’s night of glory began when members of the team were honoured as the ‘Group of the Year’ at the Roscommon LEADER Partnership Community Volunteering Awards in Kilbride.
Later that same evening, Ros FM’s Gerry Jago was on hand to accept a Gold Award at the annual CRAOL Achievement Awards in the Springfield Hotel in Co. Kildare.
The radio station was honoured for a documentary entitled ‘John’s Dream Machine’ which aired this year.
The programme featured the inspiring story of Williamstown native John Tobin’s ascent of Croagh Patrick in 2016. John, who has cerebral palsy, became the first wheelchair user to make it to the summit of Ireland’s Holy Mountain, assisted by local volunteers and members of Roscommon Civil Defence.
Ros FM volunteer and presenter, Gerry Jago, said everyone at the radio station was thrilled with the awards.
“I was at the CRAOL Awards in Leixlip representing Ros FM when I got a message off one of the other volunteers saying we had won a LEADER award. A few minutes later it was announced that we had won a Gold Award at the CRAOL event. We’re absolutely delighted; it was a brilliant weekend for Ros FM.
“It wasn’t just about picking up the awards though, it was what the judge (at the CRAOL Awards) said about the radio station helping to make John’s dream come true which meant so much. It was also great to be honoured by our own community in Kilbride…and the recognition we got from LEADER too,” he said.