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Rewarding 30 years of charity work

Concern staff member Dominic MacSorley last night received an award for his 30-year contribution to international humanitarianism. Well done, Dominic!

The award was given by the Northern Ireland All Party Group on International Development (APGID). The awards took place in parliament buildings, Stormont, and recognised some of the outstanding contributions which people living and working in Northern Ireland have made to the developing world.

Dominic received his award for “outstanding vocational commitment to international development” from Jim Wells, DUP MLA and vice-chair of the APGID group. 

30 years with Concern

Dominic has worked with Concern since 1982. His record of service reads as a roll call of the humanitarian disasters we have responded to over the past 30 years. He has worked in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia, Rwanda, Kosovo and Afghanistan, Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti. In 2009, he was invested with the Order of the British Empire, for “services to international humanitarian aid.”

Here’s a video of the man himself, speaking about the history of Concern: 

Key leader

Since 2002, Dominic has served as operations director for Concern US. He has also represented Concern and InterAction, the representative body for US charities at the United Nations. He continues to be a key leader in Concern’s rapid deployment unit, a team of highly-experienced staff who are available on 24 hours notice to respond to emergency situations.          

A fitting tribute

Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern Worldwide said: 

Dominic’s charity award is a fitting tribute to a career of service to the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world…This is a proud day, not only for Dominic personally, and his family, but for the entire Concern organisation worldwide.