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Awards For Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

It's billed as an awards ceremony that celebrates ordinary people who do extraordinary things every day and never receive recognition.

The Vigor Awards are coming to Windsor October 9, and volunteer Nicole Barron says the city will welcome everyday heroes from around the world.

"These are all ordinary people who are just doing what they do," she says. "They're loving, giving people who don't do it for the attention. They don't do it for the accolades. They just do it because its' just right and good to do."

Nominees are coming from Africa, the United Kingdom and across the United States.

The event is the second Vigor Awards presentation and the second in Canada. It's the brainchild of Nigerian-Canadian actress, Queen Amina.

The first awards presentation last year in Calgary, Alberta sold out raising money for an orphanage in Nigeria. This year's event will raise funds for the Downtown Mission and New Song Church.

Barron says 150 nominations for awards have come in from all over the world. While the identities of the winners are kept under lock and key, she says at least one award will go to a Windsorite, Pastor Kevin Rogers at New Song Church. He'll receive the "Spirit of the Host City" award.

"This church ministers to the homeless, to prostitutes and those caught in drug and alcohol addictions," says Barron. "A lot of heartbreaking things that they see there but they do some really amazing things."

The event gets underway with a red carpet ceremony at 4pm at the Ciociaro Club in Tecumseh. The awards ceremony will follow.

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