One of Jersey’s charity success stories, Le Tournoi, sponsored by Investec, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2009 Jersey Enterprise Awards in the Community Award category. The accolade will be presented at the Jersey Enterprise Awards dinner on Friday 26 February in the Queen’s Hall, Fort Regent.

The Community Award is designed to recognise the unsung heroes of Jersey. As the ‘people’s award’ it is a chance to highlight the work of ordinary islanders with the common aim of improving the welfare of others. It is also an opportunity to thank and reward those for their work in supporting the community.

Le Tournoi was nominated by Paul Patterson (MBE), Chairman of the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled (JSAD). As a result of significant funding from Le Tournoi, and help from Investec, the JSAD has been able to support local disabled people wishing to take part in sports and has gone on to hold various sporting events in the island and further afield including Ireland, France and Luxembourg.

Paul said, “Through hard work and dedication to really making a difference Le Tournoi has contributed to Jersey’s community and with significant developments to its 2010 calendar, it aims to do so for many years to come.”

Le Tournoi was founded in 2001 by Andy Le Seelleur and John Hanley with the aim of bringing businesses and their staff closer to local causes and community initiatives. Run by a small team of volunteers and highly dedicated individuals, Le Tournoi has become one of Jersey’s most successful sporting charities. It has developed innovative events such as football, sailing and golf challenges, which all share a common value; that anyone can participate, irrespective of age, gender, ability, disability or financial situation. The football challenge is the largest charitable football event of its kind in the Channel Islands and attracts thousands of participants. This year will be the third bi-annual sailing challenge and is a race that takes the fleet from Portsmouth south to Guernsey and St Quay Pontrieux and then back up to Jersey before returning to the finish line in Portsmouth. The Golf Challenge is a tournament that is fast becoming an established event in Jersey’s golfing calendar.

Le Tournoi Chairman, Andy Le Seelleur, said it was an honour to be nominated for the Community Award. “We believe it is the simple concept behind Le Tournoi that allows the charity to succeed and reach so many beneficiaries in the island,” Andy said. “The aim is to raise funds and awareness of causes and issues where involvement from the business community could make a difference.”

To date, Le Tournoi has donated £120,000 to Education for the Children Foundation, MS Jersey, The Jersey Football Referee’s Association, JSAD and The Jersey Deaf Children’s Society and many other causes.

Le Tournoi Vice Chairman, John Hanley, said “The relationships fostered encourage participation and integration rather than simply raising funds. More often than not, good causes yearn for the opportunity to participate alongside more fortunate and able-bodied participants and raise the pride and self esteem of their members.”

Investec employees in Jersey have been involved with Le Tournoi since May 2009. Investec’s ethos is always to make a positive impact on the communities in which it works and does this by providing skills and assistance as well as funding.

Kevin Allen, on behalf of Investec in Jersey, said “The news that Le Tournoi has been nominated for a community award is fantastic. One of the reasons we believe Le Tournoi has been such a success is the wide-reaching benefits it provides for the community. We are very happy to support Le Tournoi as it is a charity that embodies our corporate social responsibility values in the Channel Islands. Investec also supports the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled, which is a major beneficiary of the Le Tournoi so this nomination is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of both charities.”

The Jersey Enterprise Awards for 2009 are billed as the biggest and most successful in their history. The awards, now in their eighth year, are designed to recognise the achievements of local businesses, excellence in management and the contribution that individuals and organisations make to the island.