Volunteering Services Australia held its annual International Volunteer Day celebrations on Monday, 5th of December at the Sharks Event Centre.
The global celebration pays recognition to volunteers, not-for-profit organisations and community projects.
“International Volunteer Day is a celebration of the contribution volunteers make to the community through the donation of their time, skills and enthusiasm,” said Richard Patterson, CEO of Volunteering Services Australia.
The award night recognised volunteer contribution across the Gold Coast in different categories.
“Volunteers were nominated for five categories including Gold Coast Volunteer of the Year, Gold Coast Youth Volunteer of the Year, Gold Coast Volunteer Coordinator of the Year, Gold Coast Organisation of the Year and Gold Coast Community Project of the Year,” he said.
National and Gold Coast business leaders joined representatives from the not-for-profit and community sector to recognise the achievements of volunteers.
“We were joined by a number of leading businesses who were eager to thank volunteers for the difference they make to the community,” Mr Patterson explained.
“Classic Holidays donated a week-long stay at any of their accommodation sites in Australia and New Zealand to the winner of Gold Coast Volunteer Co-ordinator of 2016, Gold Coast Youth Volunteer of 2016 and Gold Coast Volunteer of 2016.”
“Registered training organisation Virtu Institute donated $6000 worth of training to both Gold Coast Community Project of 2016 and Gold Coast Community Organisation of 2016.”
The winners on the night were;
Gold Coast Community Project of 2016 – Living Well Day Respite by Hopewell Hospice Services Inc.
Gold Coast Co-ordinator of 2016 – Steven Dalton from Gold Coast Rural Fire Brigade Group
Gold Coast Community Organisation of 2016 – Paradise Kids
Gold Coast Youth Volunteer of 2016 – Brenden Scoffell from Nobby Beach SLSC
Gold Coast Volunteer of 2016 – Glenda Ashby from Marine Rescue