3, Ireland’s largest high-speed network and official National Broadband Scheme provider, together with Age Action, are hitting the road to find Ireland’s biggest Silver Surfers. 3’s Super Silver Surfing Granny, and her Silver Surf team, will be coming to a street near you in the coming weeks to encourage everyone to nominate any tech-savvy older people they know in this year’s Awards.


The 3 Silver Surfer Awards 2010 with Age Action is open to any seniors(over 50) who love to text on their mobile phone, send emails, blog, tweet and use the internet for fun or to improve their everyday lives. The 3 Silver Surfer Team will be challenging people across the country to do things they never thought possible by embracing the latest technology and then enter The 3 Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action.


The 3 Silver Surfer team will be appearing at the following locations in October:


Date                             Event                                       Location

15th October                   Over 50’s Show                          RDS, Dublin

16th October                   Munster V Toulon                       Thomond Park, Limerick

22nd October                  Sligo Live Festival                      Sligo Town

24th October                   Cork Jazz Festival                      Cork City

28th October                   Wexford Opera Festival              Wexford Town

The 3 Super Silver Surfing Granny and the Silver Surfer team will be snapping pictures on the streets and uploaded on to the official Facebook Fanpage as they tour the country looking for fellow Silver Surfers. If you spot the 3 Silver Surfers out and about in your area, why not stop and say hello and get your picture taken? All pictures will be available on http://www.facebook.com/3yourmind.

The 3 Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action aims to acknowledge inspirational people who prove that it is never too late to learn something new. From ordering your shopping online to chatting with relatives all over the world, elderly people can use the latest technology to improve their day-to-day lives. Thanks to the National Broadband Scheme provided by 3, elderly people in rural areas now have greater access to high-speed, quality broadband in their own homes that would never have been possible before.


3’s National Broadband Scheme Director, Damien Gallagher said “We are looking for the most innovative and creative uses of technology by older people to enter the 3 Silver Surfer Awards. As 3 continues to roll out the largest high-speed network in Ireland we regularly encounter the wide-ranging benefits that the internet brings to people’s lives, particularly to older people and those in remote parts of the country.” commented

Nomination forms are available from Age Action by contacting Ciara Sherlock on 01 475 6989 or ciaras@ageaction.ie , alternatively fill in a form online at www.ageaction.ie/silversurfer. Nomination entry forms can also be found in 3Stores nationwide or through the Age Action network of active ageing groups. Closing date for applications is the 29th October and winners will be notified if they have been shortlisted by Tuesday 2nd November.

The 3 Silver Surfer Awards 2010 with Age Action will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 16th November 2010 in The Gresham Hotel and all of those shortlisted will be invited to attend.