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New Day Awards announce virtual ceremony

By Kirsty Brown

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A brand-new awards scheme launched to highlight community initiatives across the North East of Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic will announce the winners with a virtual awards ceremony this week.

The New Day Awards were created by Prospect 13's Cerri McDonald and showcases more than 30 finalists across eight categories, ranging from community groups to large organisations.

All finalists have shown drive, positive attitude and exceptional efforts to support others during these challenging times.

The public has since been voting and a staggering 3000 online votes were registered throughout April.

Commenting on the response to the New Day Awards, Cerri said: “I never quite expected the awards to gain such a huge level of interest, but the North East community has truly embraced it which is wonderful.

"As a proud local Aberdeen quine, I’ve been touched by the initiatives out there not to mention the support and encouragement we have received for the awards.

"We have had an overwhelming response from the public, with our online engagement reaching way over 100,000 people and it continues to rise every day.

"It would have been easy for us to quietly announce the winners, but we feel the finalists and winners deserve a proper celebration.

"We can’t physically be together, but we can come together virtually to celebrate the community spirit we’ve seen over the past few months.”

The virtual awards ceremony will be hosted by Cerri with support from her husband and daughters on Wednesday May 13 at 6pm.

To watch the ceremony live visit the Prospect 13 Facebook page.

A number of local individuals and groups have been recognised in the awards shortlist, including Ellon's Tess Carr, Kemnay's Kayleigh Wallace, Banff Academy, Eat On The Green's Kilted Chef Craig Wilson and Brewdog.

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