Nominations needed for Owain Glyndwr community awards

July 17, 2012 No Comments »

Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds – last year’s winner of the Owain Glyndwr Seren award.

Nominations are being sought for this year’s Owain Glyndwr Seren awards, which celebrate Cardiff’s unsung community heroes.

The awards, now in their second year, recognise people who have made a difference in their community, such as by showing exceptional courage, demonstrating excellence in a particular field, or gaining the respect of their community.

The awards are run by Cardiff Council, and will be judged by council chairwoman Cerys Furlong, representatives from Coun Furlong’s nominated charity Llamau, the Owain Glyndwr Society, the council’s Honorary Chaplain, and the South Wales Echo.

Last year the award winner was disability equality campaigner Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds. Rosie was born with missing arms and legs as one of the Thalidomide babies born in the late 1950s and 60s, but has been determined not to let her disability hold her back. She has gone on to promote disability equality issues in Wales, educating hundreds of people about equality, rights and legislation for disabled people.

Coun Furlong said: “The awards help to recognise those who have gone the extra mile to make a difference to peoples’ lives and help communities within Cardiff.

“Last year’s winner, Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds is a great example of how someone’s actions can make a difference to others.

“We are looking for nominees who are selfless in helping others and who make a difference to their community.

“I know there are many people throughout the city who regularly give up their time to help others and I would encourage anyone who knows an unsung here to get in touch so we can celebratrate the work they do.”

The deadline for nominations in August 31, and entries should be submitted to The Mansion House, Richmond Road, Cardiff, CF24 3UN or e-mailed to

The awards ceremony will be held on Monday September 17 in the Marble Hall at City Hall.

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