Variety’s ‘Star of the Year’ 2014 announced
On Sunday 11th October, at a magical ‘winter wonderland’ themed gala lunch, winners of the Variety Star of the Year awards were announced. Twelve youngsters were recognised and rewarded for a range of diverse achievements.
Aimed at young people in the Island aged between six and sixteen the annual awards celebrate the courage, creativity, and commitment of children and young people in Jersey.
The overall winner and Star of the Year award went to Tiago Fernandes, after he was placed joint first in the Star of Courage category.
Tiago was involved in a serious road traffic accident four years ago; tragically his mother was killed in this accident, which also involved three other members of his family. Suffering a brain injury in the crash, Tiago remained in a coma for a long time and he continues to receive medical and therapeutic intervention for a range of complex issues due to the injuries he sustained.
Tiago was nominated for the award by the staff of Haute Valley School, Miss Cathy Laing Tiago’s head of year said. “Tiago is a great student and a role model to his peers and the rest of the school. He is conscientious and hardworking. Tiago is a lovely sensitive young man, he has made excellent relationships with staff and students, who respect and admire him.”
She continued, “Tiago shows amazing strength and determination to achieve his personal goals and targets and continues to always find time to support and encourage his younger siblings Leandro (14) and Erica (12) both of whom were also involved in the accident. He has been, and still is, going through so much and yet remains so positive, smart, enthusiastic and brave!”
Tiago took home the fabulous top prize of an incredible £5,000 worth of travel vouchers from Co-operative Travelmaker.
The 2014 event marked some changes in format of the event and along with celebrating ‘Stars’ who shine in the areas of; Courage, Community and Carer; two new categories were added to reward young islanders who show outstanding achievement in the fields of Sports and Arts.
Winning youngsters, of the remaining categories, who each received £500 worth of Co-operative vouchers were:
Star of Courage
2 overall winners were selected in this category due to the outstanding nature of their nominations
Winners: Tiago Fernandes, age 16 and Alexandra De Sousa, age 6
Finalists: Euan McCarthy, age 7 and Louise Stewart Scott, age 13
Star as Carer
Winner: Zynah Renouf age, 11
Finalist: Nicole Gueguen, age 10
Star of the Community
Winner: Eadie Roberts, age 8
Finalist: Laurent Ybert, age 15
Star of Sports
Winner: Charlotte Pollard, age 15
Finalist: Oisin Devitt, age 12
Star of the Arts
Winner: Jadine Ingram, age 16
Finalist: Esther Cushen, age 10
Commenting on this, the fifth annual event Sandra Auckland, the Chief Barker for Variety said, “This year the Judges shortlisted twelve amazing youngsters, all with such inspirational stories and I had the privilege of meeting them all the month before the event. I am so proud to be part of Variety, to have been able to organise such an event for the 5th year and I am so grateful to all our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible, especially The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited. I would also like to thank all those who helped me to re-format this event this year and who gave so much of their time to ensure that it would be memorable to so many youngsters and their families."
Colin Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of primary sponsor The Channel Islands
Co-operative Society said, “The Channel Islands Co-operative Society is proud to be associated with such a worthy event as the Variety’s Star of the Year Awards.
It is gratifying to know that even in the most difficult times wonderful stories of courage, strength of character and compassion emerge and from this we are able to recognise and reward these very special unsung heroes for their efforts.”