[Originally published in the3towns.today - October 5 2014]
Two North Ayrshire residents took top prizes in this year’s Cream of Ayrshire Awards.
Organised by Ayrshire radio station West FM, the awards recognise heroes in local communities. At a glittering ceremony last week in Ayr’s Brig O’ Doon Hotel, 17-year-old Ardrossan woman Jordan Fernando scooped the award for ‘Up and Coming Youngster’, which was recognition of her tireless work for the National Autistic Society, particularly raising awareness and helping to change the public perception of autism.
Also taking home an award was Stuart Strang, who was named ‘School Champion’. Mr Strang teaches deaf pupils at Elderbank Primary School in Irvine and was recognised for his work on behalf of the young students.
Following the success of Jordan and Stuart, North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon said, “Once again, the Cream of Ayrshire Awards highlight the exceptional work carried out in communities across North Ayrshire.
“These awards mark the fantastic efforts made by remarkable people who work consistently to give something back to their communities every day. These committed folk don’t look for any kind of reward, which is precisely why their excellent efforts should be recognised. Without them, our communities would undoubtedly be poorer places.”
Cllr Sturgeon described Ms Fernando and Mr Strang as “worthy and inspirational winners”.
[Photo: Jordan Fernando and Stuart Strang]