2019 Ernest Kay Award
Presentation of the 2019 Ernest Kay award by Ken Kerr to Steve and Sharon Goodman
Press Release 2019 Ernest Kay Memorial Award for Achievement
The Club meeting of Radcliffe Rotary on the 10th June 2019 was dedicated to the annual presentation of the Ernest Kay Memorial Award for Achievement, to the 2019 winners Steve and Sharon Goodman of Liv's Trust. A number of guests and trustees of Liv's Trust joined members of Radcliffe Rotary while Diana Morton, the proposer, of this year's winners, made a heartfelt summation of the reasons why Steve and Sharon were worthy winners, stressing how love had been their motivator to set up the Charity in memory of their Granddaughter Olivia Campbell Hardy. How from tragedy they had used Olivia's love of music, dancing and performance to help and showcase young people with a talent in these areas. In addition they have also set up a music room at Radcliffe Girls and Boys club despite many difficulties as a labour of love for the youth of Radcliffe.
Steve Goodman said:
“Liv wanted to be a singing or dancing teacher, now thanks to her Trust she currently teaches, piano, guitar, clarinet and bagpipes, whilst also teaching street and Irish dancing, contemporary, ballet and tap. She would be amazed at her accomplishments and proud of her achievements and be laughing now".
President Ken Kerr said:
“I am in awe at the way Steve & Sharon Goodman, a pair of Radcliffe grandparents, have grown something so good and powerful from their tragic loss at The Arena in May 2017. As President I was delighted when Radcliffe Rotarians named them as the 2019 winners of the Ernest Kay Memorial Award for Achievement. Their achievements are personal and exceptional because they have been gained through the individual achievements of more than 15 young people from across Bury in a wide variety of music and performing arts and showcased in venues in Radcliffe, Bury and Manchester. Those young people trusted the strong encouragement and belief that Steve and Sharon invested first in Olivia and now in them, the growth in their confidence and skills as performers is there for all to see and admire”.
Ken Kerr 2018/19 President Radcliffe Rotary
The Ernest Kay Memorial Award for Achievement is intended to encourage and reward the achievements of local people, whether as a member of an organisation or as an individual, in sport or for service to the community. Each year Radcliffe Rotarians look for a non-Rotarian who has achieved something exceptional and therefore worthy of special recognition. A worthy winner has been found in all but 3 of the 33 years since 1986, only once before has it been awarded as a joint award to a couple.