Entries for the Internet Champion of the Year for 2013 are now open.
The competition, organised by Age UK, is looking for inspirational stories from the UK’s silver surfers (ages 55 or above) about how the internet helps them keep in touch and reconnect with families, get better deals online and generally how the ‘net has enhanced and improved their lives.
The top prize includes an all expenses paid trip out to London for three days and two nights, a ‘London Experience’ day out plus attendance at the formal awards ceremony.
The competition is sponsored by ISPs EE, the Post Office and TalkTalk as well as the BBC, Big Lottery Fund, E-ON and Lloyds Banking Group.
The Internet Champion will be chosen on the strength of their story and experience of using the web and also for how it can be encouraging for others to get online.
According to the Office of National Statistics, older people, particularly older women, are less likely to use the internet. Age UK is looking for an Internet Champion for 2013 to help reverse this trend and show off the positive benefits of getting online.
As well as winning an all-expenses paid trip to London, the winner and runner-up Internet Champions will be asked to take part in media work with Age UK. This could involve chatting to a local journalist and having your photograph taken to appearing on the television news and/or attending Age UK events.
Joint winners for 2012 Keith Paterson, 81, and Brenda O’Mulloy, 83 (pictured with Age UK Ambassador June Whitfield) helped out last year by appearing on local TV and radio.
Details of how to sign up or nominate someone for International Champion of the Year can be found here. The closing date for entry is January 10, 2013 which is a week today.
January 3, 2013