3 searches for Ireland’s biggest Silver Surfer with Age Action

3, Ireland’s largest high speed network and official National Broadband Scheme provider, together with Age Action, today launched a nationwide search to find Ireland’s most inspirational “Silver Surfers”. The 3 Silver Surfer Awards 2010 with Age Action were today launched by last year’s winner, 96-year-old Marguerite Faulkner and two of Ireland’s favourite Fair City stars Tom Jordan (Charlie Kelly) and Jim Bartley (Bella Doyle) at the Science Gallery on Pearse St.
Marguerite, who is celebrating her 96th birthday, scooped the title of “Silver Surfer 2009” for her wide use of technology including skyping her seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; surfing the internet; texting; using her Nintendo DS for ‘brain training’ and completing a digital photography course.
3 and Age Action are calling for people to nominate either themselves or older people they know who have embraced information technology for pleasure or as a way to enhance their quality of life. They are looking for seniors (over 50 years) who love the internet, texting on their phone, tweet, blog etc
3 and Age Action will make awards in the following categories:
• 3 Silver Surfer Award 2010 with Age Action
• IT Volunteer of the Year (open to all ages)
• Best Use of Internet
• Most Dedicated IT Learner
• Silver Networker
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 3 phone shops 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. Eamon Ryan, Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources will present overall winners with their awards.
“3 is currently rolling out the largest high-speed network in Ireland and by the end of the year we will have connected the remotest parts of the country as part of The National Broadband Scheme. Neither age nor location is a barrier now thanks to 3 with people of all ages rapidly embracing new technologies through The National Broadband Scheme” commented Damien Gallagher, 3 National Broadband Scheme Director.
He continued “We are delighted to partner with Age Action for the 3 Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action as a way to recognise those who are an example to us all, no matter what age, when it comes to the best use of IT and the Internet”
Marguerite Faulkner is an inspiration to us all, she took a class and also taught herself to use the computer, through her own “sense of discovery”. Her hobbies include watercolour and she uses the internet to research techniques and also uses it for general searches. Commenting on The 3 Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action, Marguerite said, “ The computer has made a world of difference to my life”.
Ciara Sherlock, Age Action and organiser of The 3 Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action said: “We are very excited about the second year of the Silver Surfer Awards. Last year’s winner Marguerite was a fantastic ambassador for older people, showing that it is possible at any age to embrace technology and use it for the betterment of life. Older people are increasingly using the Internet and technology to stay in touch with relatives around the world, as Marguerite does, skyping her grand children and indeed great grand children in Singapore and Britain. Age Action is committed to encouraging, promoting and engaging older people on a practical level with new technology to create a more inclusive and equal society in Ireland where all older people have the skills to access the Internet.”
To nominate Ireland’s leading 3 Silver Surfers 2010 visit www.ageaction.ie/silversurfer