The winner of the ‘Boldest Woman’ campaign has been announced by competition organiser Fiona McLoughlin Healy
Her nephew Mark Pender proposed Liz outlining the reasons why
“ Liz has been a rock to my family since the death of my father in 1998. She was there for my Mum when she was at her lowest after my Dad’s death and helped my family to get back up on our feet. Always there for us and when my Mum died in 2013 she was a rock again to our family. She took over the care of my disabled brother arriving at our home at 7.30am each morning to make sure Jay was ready for his day ahead and doing all of this while she looked after her own son who was diagnosed with cancer. Four years after Mum’s death and Liz is still a rock to our family. I really believe if anyone deserves this award it is my Aunty Liz.”
Judge, Elaine Crowley agreed wholeheartedly that Liz Howe was a deserving winner.
“ The final decision was incredibly tough because the nominees were all amazing women. Liz is a deserving winner however. She is representative of so many women who in a very low key way make a real and important difference in people’s lives. I was blown away by her ability to give so generously of her time to others when she could have been forgiven for withdrawing to deal with the health issues within her own family. Liz made a bold decision to change her life, taking on more responsibilities solely to help others. There is no bolder decision that that. Congratulations to all the nominees for Fiona McLoughlin Healy’s annual competition to celebrate local women as part of International Women’s Day. It is a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge local and very often unsung heroes. I was delighted to be this years guest judge and look forward to meeting our winner!”
The prize giving is to be held at Newbridge Silverware in Newbridge, Thursday at 4.00 pm. All nominees have been invited together with their proposers.
Organiser of the annual competition Fiona McLoughlin Healy said
“ Congratulations to our winner Liz Howe, I am delighted for Liz and for all of our worthy nominees. The competition demonstrates that we live beside, are friends with or are related to some incredible women who make bold decisions that help our community in a real and significant way. I would like to thank Urban Escape in Newbridge, Hartes Restaurant in Kildare and Buy Design Boutique in Crookestown for generously rewarding our winner. And finally to this years guest judge Elaine Crowley for taking the time to help us celebrate Kildare women.