BLIND golfer Jim Gales from Springfield is in line for two prestigious awards.
He’s been shortlisted in the ‘Charity Champion’ category of the Scottish Charity Awards 2012 and could also take home the new People’s Choice Heart and Soul award to be decided by online voting.
Organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the awards recognise the work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live.
Jim, who is one of only five people from across the country to have been shortlisted for the title of Charity Champion, didn’t take up golf until his eyesight deteriorated but since then has travelled all over the world competing in tournaments.
In 2003, he was awarded the MBE for services to disabled golf and the following year Jim launched the Vision Impaired Scottish Golf Alliance and the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership.
Last year, he personally raised £30,000 for the inaugural three-day Scotland v England Ryder Cup, a week-long Scottish Open Championship and the first World Cup of Disabled Golf.
Martin Sime, SCVO chief executive, said: “The excellent quality of entries this year made for a difficult shortlisting process but it demonstrates the dedication of people working and volunteering in third sector organisations across the length and breadth of Scotland.
“These people relentlessly go above and beyond the call of duty and make a huge difference to our communities.
“The Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the huge effort that takes.”
The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on June 14.
To vote in the People’s Choice Heart and Soul awards, go to www.scvo.org.uk